How Do Heat Pumps Work?

how do heat pumps work

Even those that have a heat pump in their home might not fully understand what they do or how they do it. We have many customers ask us all the time: How do heat pumps work? We’ll here’s your answer folks.

Heat pumps are used as heating sources in small spaces and homes that need supplementary heating. It’s difficult to completely heat your entire home with heat pumps, but it’s not impossible. So how do heat pumps work? They heat the air in your home by transferring air from the outside of your house to the inside. They are very efficient at heating spaces in your home and usually take about 15 minutes to heat an average sized room. Once heated up they are even more efficient at maintaining that temperature.

Split-System Heat Pump

One of the most popular types of heat pump systems is the single split system. This single split system is designed to only heat one room or space in your home. Depending on the size of your heat pump systems and unit and the placement, it can sometimes do a great job at warming most of your house. If you have an open concept living area then they’re even more useful. Here’s how they work:

how do heat pumps work

Ducted Multi-Heat Pump System

The ducted multi-heat pump system is more complex to install and not as common. These types of installations have vents in every room and are ducted through the ceiling. They’re less intrusive than the split-system heat pump, but they’re much more expensive to install. The cost of a ducted heat pump can start at $15,000 for an average sized home and go up from there. Here’s an example of how ducted multi-heat pump systems work:

how do heat pumps work

  1. Excess warmth from your heater is distributed to rooms via a super efficient inline ducting fan
  2. Via a filtered eave inlet your home is ventilated with a small amount of drier air to offset the moisture build-up (from cooking, drying, clothes, showering etc)
  3. Free, filtered warm air is automatically harvested from your roof space to offset heater costs. (Note: Summer Mode disables this function)
  4. Rooms are warmed as air circulates around the house continuously, and persistent condensation is gone

So, How Do Heat Pumps Work?

It’s fairly simple and a really efficient way to heat your home. Most people don’t know exactly what type of installation is best for their needs, or what size of heat pump they need, but that’s why we’re here. A Novel Care HVAC technician can answer all of your questions and even go into more detail as to How Do Heat Pumps Work? Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free quote: 905-737-5016