A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from indoors to outdoors or from outdoors to indoors. For homes with no access to natural gas, heat pumps offer an efficient and reliable solution for heating and cooling.
Heat Pumps Explained
In the winter, a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the process reverses, and it will remove heat from your home and transfer it outside like an air conditioner.
Heat pumps do this so well that many people in warmer climates exclusively rely on a heat pump for year-round comfort. For those living in colder climates, they use electric-powered heat pumps in conjunction with their gas or oil furnace resulting in lower heating costs.
Heat pumps work with a series of coils drawing energy from air, water, or the ground. In this way, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them a greener alternative to traditional gas or oil furnaces.
Though you may think you’re unfamiliar with them, they traditionally heat swimming pools and hot tubs. You most likely have come in contact with them and not even known it.
Different Types of Heat Pumps
There are four types of heat pumps:
- Air source heat pumps
- Water source heat pumps
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
As mentioned above, they collect their heat from the air, water, and outside-your-home ground and concentrate it for use. Call Ranger Heating to discuss the basic differences between these types and which one would work best for you and your home.
Are Heat Pumps Expensive?
Initial costs for heat pump installation are higher than with a traditional furnace or air conditioner. But over time lower annual energy costs make up for the difference. This usually takes five to ten years to make up the cost of installation.
Heat Pump Maintenance
Performing proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump will also save you money, as you’ll use less energy, thus resulting in less cost. Be sure to ask your HVAC professional for the proper thermostat setting and the indoor pump’s fan operation. Not following the recommended guidelines can inhibit the maximized running of the pump and can degrade the unit itself.
Regular maintenance can prevent degradation as well. Consistent filter changing or cleaning is necessary for a well-running heat pump. Seasonal cleaning of coils and fans go a long way in preventing poor energy efficiency that can end up costing you more money. The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.
Heat Pump Products and Services
Determining the proper heat pump can be contingent upon the geography and climate surrounding your home or office. To determine the appropriate type of heat pump for your home or office call us today at 253-336-3777 or request service online for an evaluation.