A heat pump can provide heating, air conditioning and cooling in your home.
A heat pump is an energy efficient system that can save money and reduce fossil fuel use. Whether you’re looking to replace your current HVAC system or just want to learn more, you should get a free no-obligation estimate from an expert in your area.
Heat pumps work by using a refrigerant to move heat from one location to another, essentially working like an air conditioner in heating mode and a heater in cooling mode.
In heating mode, cool low-pressure liquid refrigerant flows through a coil in the indoor unit; as it becomes hot, it changes its state to a gas. It then flows through a compressor that raises the pressure. The heat energy from the refrigerant is transferred into the air in the room via a fan.
When the temperature drops, the cycle is reversed and the cool, gas-like refrigerant flows through the outdoor coils at a higher temperature, absorbing heat from the outside air and then transferring it to the air inside.
It’s this heat-exchange process that makes heat pumps so efficient – they can extract up to 24,000 BTUs of heating power from the air outside and deliver it into your home!
The efficiency of your Heat Pump will depend on the type of system you have installed (air source, water source or ground source) as well as the climate zone where you live. The higher the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), the more efficient your heat pump will be.
Some air source heat pumps may also have a supplementary or backup heating mode that can help to keep your home warm on the coldest days of winter. This supplemental heat source can be either a fossil-fuel, solar hot water or biomass system.
In colder climates, the performance of an air-source heat pump can be much better than that of a traditional furnace. This is because the refrigerant and the compressor can be kept very cool in these climates.
As a result, the refrigerant can absorb heat from the cooler air outdoors, reducing the need to turn on your traditional furnace during the coldest days of winter.
Since your heat pump is a major upgrade for your home, you should hire a certified Daikin Dealer to install it. The dealership will assess your home, ask you a few questions and recommend the best heat pump model for your needs.
A top-rated professional will make sure your new heat pump is installed correctly and works effectively. The technician will also give you a free, no-commitment estimate and answer any questions you might have about your heating and cooling system.
Before you decide to invest in a heat pump, it’s important to consider your climate zone, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your home as well as your budget. This will allow your dealer to recommend the most energy efficient model for your home and your family.