What is a Heat Pump?

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If you have a general understanding about how air conditioners work then you probably already know a lot more about how a heat pump works than you realize. Heat pumps function in a very similar way, but instead of burning fuel they transfer heat from the air or ground which makes them a much greener heating solution.

It’s not typical to have a heat pump as a the sole source of heat for a home or office as they are usually used for cooling during warmer months as well. Heat pumps are also used for purposes other than warms specific areas of your home or office. Heat pumps can be used to heat swimming pools and hot tubs in a similar way.

Heat Pump Types

There are many different types of heat pumps with each heat pump serving a different purpose:

  • An air heat pump transfers heat energy from the air around it.
  • A ground heat pump transfers heat energy from the ground.
  • An exhaust air heat pump takes heat from building exhaust.
  • A water source heat pump uses moving water as a heat source, also called a heat sink.

There are also many other heat pump models to serve various other purposes. There are also models that extract heat from the air outside when it’s warm and once the temperature drops it then uses the ground to obtain heat. This type of operation is more efficient than using cold air.

What Do Heat Pumps Do?

Heat pumps have the ability to help homeowners and building owners save money on their energy bills as they’re very efficient at certain temperatures. One of the main problems is they tend to underperform when temperatures drop drastically. In scenarios where extremely cold temperatures are common it’s best to use a heat pump in combination with another type of heating. This will allow you to take advantage of their efficiency, while still staying warm when Jack Frost takes over.

Overall heat pumps are a good solution as supplementary heat sources and provide great spot heating in homes and offices. They’re best when used in combination with other heating sources in the fall and winter, especially when it’s very cold out. The main benefit of heat pumps is that they often come as part of ductless air units or mini-split systems so the equipment is useful year round.

Contact Novel Care today for more information about heat pumps and how they can save you money on your energy bills: 905-737-5016.