In heating ventilation and air conditioner systems (HVAC), the heat pump serves an important role. In homes with heating and cooling systems, the heat pump flows air from warmer places to colder places. It releases heat into living spaces from the outside environment.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
A heat pump draws heat from the cooler external air or from the ground and is three or four times more efficient in energy use than electrical resistance heaters. It moves heat instead of generating it, giving you more energy efficiency and savings. Heat pumps are great for moderate climates and are an excellent supplement to furnaces and other heating systems in cooler climates.
Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. In the winter the heat pump pulls heat out of the air or ground to heat your home and in the summer, they can be reversed to cool your home or building, and works about the same as an air conditioner. One advantage to using a heat pump is that heating, cooling and ventilation is all done with one system. Heat pumps are fuel efficient because it takes less energy to transfer heat than it does to burn fuel to create it.
Advantages of Having a Heat Pump in Your Home
Some advantages to using a heat pump are that they don’t generate dry air and offer uniform heating. Heat pumps are also quiet and cleaner, producing less pollution. A big disadvantage is that the initial cost of installation can be pricey. Because of its energy saving benefits, however, you will certainly get a return on your investment over time. Installation requires the expertise and tools of a professional technician. They also require regular maintenance to keep them working properly.
Potential Heat Pump Repairs
A common problem with heat pumps is that the air may feel colder during colder months and the coils may freeze when the temperature drops. During the colder months with freezing temperature, a heat pump should send warm refrigerant from inside the home to the outside to melt or defrost coils and supplemental heat should be used. Electrical resistance heaters or back-up burners can solve the problem. Still, compared to fuel consuming heat sources, the heat pump HVAC system is more economic and efficient.
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