What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a device that is similar to a central air conditioning unit, but has two basic functions – heating and cooling. During colder periods, the heat pump moves heat from outdoors into your home. During warm periods, the function is reversed, as warm air is pumped from the inside of the house and moved outdoors.
A heat pump differs from a furnace, which creates heat and distributes the warm, dry air throughout the home. Conversely, an air conditioner creates cool air to distribute inside a home.
Instead of creating warm or cold air, a heat pump simply moves existing air. By absorbing energy from the air and ground, a heat pump reduces energy costs by eliminating the need to burn fuel to heat or cool a home.
The different types of heats pumps
There are three types of heat pumps used in residential buildings: Air-to-air, water source and geothermal.
An air source pump is the most commonly used heat pump in the residential setting. Air source pumps transfer heat from outdoors to indoors and vice versa. The second type of heat pump, a water source pump transfers heat from a water source to your house. The third type of pump is a geothermal heat pump. These heat pumps pull heat from the ground and transfer it to your house. Water source and geothermal heat pumps are more expensive to install, but operate at a more efficient rate.
HVAC 911 can provide advice and work through which type of heat pump best fits you, as well as refer you to a professional who is experienced in installing and repairing all types of heat pumps.
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Heat pumps are complex pieces of mechanical equipment, so it is best left up to the professionals to install, repair or conduct maintenance on your device. Our expert service technicians are available to help you with any heat pump installation or repair.
HVAC 911 can refer you to a certified local service technician who can install, repair and provide maintenance for your heat pump.