Heat pumps are widely popular across the country, providing both efficient heating and cooling. Learn more about how they work and the advantages of heat pump systems.
How does a heat pump work?
Heat pumps can either heat or cool a space. The system is composed of an indoor air handling unit and an outdoor compressor. Heat pumps transport heat from one place to another, rather than creating it as a furnace or other types of heating systems do.
To heat a home or business, heat pumps pull warmth from outdoors and transfers it indoors. When outdoor temperatures are at or higher than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, there is plenty of heat energy outside to sufficiently heat most homes and offices.
To cool, heat pumps are reversed. Excess heat indoors is extracted by the heat pump and expelled outside. This causes the interiors to drop in temperature, essentially cooling the home or business.
Heat pump advantages
Heat pumps require little electricity to operate, eliminating the need for costly heating fuels. They also cool interiors more efficiently than air conditioners, lowering cooling costs. Lower energy consumption and no fossil fuel use make heat pumps a more environmentally-friendly HVAC choice.
Compared to combustion heat systems, heat pumps have fewer working parts. Thus, they are easier to maintain and offer a longer service life when maintained properly.
Is a heat pump right for my home or business?
Heat pumps can be used solely to efficiently heat and cool homes and businesses in mild climates, with winter temperatures dipping only into the 40s. Once outdoor temperatures fall below 40 degrees, heat pumps are not the most efficient heating option – in these climates, heat pumps are paired with a backup heat source, such as a gas furnace, which will kick on when the system detects it is most appropriate for use.
HVAC Direct has a wide selection of heat pump heating and cooling systems, available online. Shop our heat pump systems to find the right fit for your home or business.