What is a heat pump? Heat pumps typically sit outside and can provide either heating or cooling to a “conditioned space” or specific area such as a home or building. It depends on whether the surrounding area is cooler or warmer than the conditioned space. When a heat pump is used for heating, it uses a similar refrigeration-type cycle of an air conditioner or a refrigeration unit, but rather than releasing heat into the surrounding area, it releases heat into the conditioned-space. In this use, heat pumps generally draw heat from cooler external air or from the ground.
Heat pumps use less high grade energy so they are ideal for efficiency and energy conservation. Only a fraction of the heat actually comes from the energy source. Most of the heat generated from a heat pump comes from the external environment.
Reverse-cycle heat pumps are systems designed to work in either thermal direction, in order to provide heating or cooling of the same conditioned environment. These devices operate by changing which coil is the condenser and which coil is the evaporator.
For most home owners, it is just necessary to know that a heat pump can either heat or cool your home, depending on the time of year. They are excellent choices for those looking for high output and low energy costs.
Heat pumps are great choices for home owners who want to upgrade or install both heating and cooling systems at the same time. Heap pumps come in different sizes and many different brands. Some are better for commercial use while others are ideal for residential.
All Airmakers heat pumps comply with ENERGY STAR Guidelines. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which helps consumers save money with lower energy costs while protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Contact your Airmakers technician and he or she will inspect your home to determine if a new heat pump is right for you. Call us (858) 530-1822.