Certified Climate Control Explains Heat Pump Systems
One of the newest HVAC trends our team at Certified Climate Control is installing for customers in Orlando and Volusia County, FL is energy-efficient heat pump systems. But don’t be fooled by the name. Contrary to what your initial assumption might be, heat pumps aren’t solely used to generate heat. This modern appliance excels at cooling your home in the hot summer months, using less energy than a central AC or ductless unit. Continue reading to learn more about how these systems work and their advantages, and contact us to schedule a consultation for heat pump installation.
What Is a Heat Pump?
When considering a heat pump system for your home, it’s important to understand that a few different types are available. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and overall goals. The two most common types of heat pumps are:
- Air-Source Heat Pumps – Also called air-to-air heat pumps, these units have two parts that transfer warm and cool temperatures between your home and the outside air, depending on whether you’re calling for AC or heat.
- Ground-Source Heat Pumps – These are also known as geothermal heat pumps, and the difference is the air transfer occurs between your home and the air in the ground outdoors. A ground-source heat pump is more expensive than an air-source unit, but they cost less to operate.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
So, how is it possible for a heat pump appliance to do the job of both an air conditioner and a furnace? The confusion for many lies in the name “heat pump.” They don’t actually generate heat. Instead, they move heat. These units have two components: an indoor piece and an outdoor piece. They work together to transfer warm air from one place to the other. However, the modern technology of these units enables them to work in reverse. What does that mean? Let’s look at how these systems cool and warm your home.
- Cooling Mode – When it’s hot (and it usually always is in our area), heat pumps remove heat from your home and transfer it outdoors, leaving you with cool, dry air indoors. The units have a refrigerant that absorbs heat the same way a refrigerator and a traditional AC unit do.
- Heating Mode – Suppose the temperature dips below what you find comfortable, and you want to heat your home a little bit. In heating mode, a heat pump will absorb warm air from outside, even when the outdoor temperature is cold, and transfer it into your home.
Heat Pump Versus a Furnace
One of the advantages of a heat pump is that it only requires one appliance to provide cool air and heat for your home. Unlike a furnace that uses natural gas or oil to generate heat, a heat pump does not use fossil fuels and relies only on electricity to run its components. Even an electric furnace, which also doesn’t use fossil fuels, will still require about double the amount of electricity to provide the same heat as a heat pump. When you have a heat pump system installed in your home instead of a furnace, you have a lower operating cost and a smaller carbon footprint.
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps
If your house isn’t equipped with ducts from a central HVAC system, there are still options to have a heat pump installed in your home. Ductless mini split systems offer the same heat transfer system benefits with units placed strategically in the house, moving air back and forth between inside and outside. The number of wall units required will depend on the size of your home.
Heat Pump Water Heater Units and Dryers
Heat pumps aren’t just for climate comfort. They work exceptionally well for heating home water in place of a traditional electric or fuel-burning water heater. Plus, they’re about twice as efficient as those appliances. Heat pump water heaters are available as standalone units, or you can choose an all-in-one appliance that will provide heat and cool air for your home and hot water for your plumbing. The technology is also used in heat pump dryers. This type of clothes dryer is a closed loop system that heats the air to remove moisture from clothes. Instead of releasing warm, humid air through a dryer vent, the dryer removes the moisture from the air and reuses it.
We Work With the Most Trusted Brands
In addition to working with a licensed and insured HVAC installation company, the business you choose must also be an authorized installer of quality products for the best results. Our company is a preferred dealer of industry-leading manufacturing brands of heat pump systems. This designation ensures we will complete the job to the manufacturer’s standards and guidelines so your equipment performs as reliable as it should. We stand behind and honor all manufacturer warranties for complete peace of mind. Depending on the size of your home, your budget, and any special considerations unique to your house, we’ll help you choose the best product to meet your needs from trusted names like:
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Benefits of a Heat Pump
If it’s time to upgrade your HVAC equipment, a heat pump offers many advantages over other options. They’re highly efficient cooling homes to comfortable temperatures. In a climate like ours in the Orlando area, they provide sufficient heat that doesn’t require a backup furnace if the temperatures dip during the winter months. In addition to the convenience of heating and cooling using the same process, other benefits include:
- Lower costs to operate than gas, oil, or electric HVAC equipment
- Year-round efficiency in cooling and heating
- No reliance on fossil fuels
- 10–12-year warranty on parts
We Are Your Local Heat Pump Technicians
Certified Climate Control in Orlando, FL is committed to offering our residential customers the latest energy-efficient appliances, such as heat pump systems. This modern technology is quickly becoming a popular option for homeowners. With mini split options and ductless heat pump equipment, anyone can enjoy the cost-savings and comfortable temperatures of heat pump installation. Contact us to schedule an estimate today.