Basic Information You Should Know about Heat Pumps
One of the most important aspects of the home is the comfort and security that it provides our families. In order for you and your family to enjoy these attributes, it is essential for you to have a properly functioning home heating and cooling system. If your heater or air conditioner is old, outdated, damaged, or unreliable, you should consider replacing the system with a heat pump.
Heat pumps are highly advantageous home comfort systems for two primary reasons. First, they can be used to both heat and cool your home. Second, they are highly energy efficient. If you are interested in installing a heat pump on your property, the first thing that you should do is contact a professionally licensed HVAC contractor.
In Plano, the most highly skilled and experienced heating and cooling contractors are at AC Pros. Their professionals specialize in heat pump installation services. Their experts have provided the following basic information about these wonderful systems so that you can get your replacement project started.
What is a Heat Pump
In general, what makes a system a heat pump is the method by which it will heat and cool your Plano home. To start with something we are familiar with, a forced-air HVAC system heats and cools air at a heater or air conditioner. That conditioned air is then forced throughout the home via a series of air ducts.
In contrast, a heat pump does not operate by pushing conditioned are throughout the home. Rather, heat pumps use electricity in order to transfer heat from the inside of your home to the outside during the summer and do the opposite during the winter. In this way, they operate in a similar fashion to your refrigerator. The result is a highly efficient method to heat and cool your Plano home at all times of the year.
Types of Heat Pumps Available
Broadly speaking, there are four different types of heat pumps:
- Air-source heat pumps
- Ductless mini-split heat pumps
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Absorption heat pumps
An air-sourced heat pump and a geothermal heat-pump differ in that they transfer energy in and out of your home via a different energy source outside your property. An air-source system just uses the air outside your property whereas a geothermal system will use the constant temperatures underground or in a nearby body of water. Geothermal heat pumps are more costly to install but a more efficient than their air-sourced counter parts.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps are analogous to window unit air conditioners and space heaters. By having multiple systems within your home, you can customize the comfort levels in all your interior living spaces.
Absorption heat pumps differ from other systems in that they use a different fuel than electricity to operate. Some systems operate on natural gas, propane, solar-heated water, or geothermal-heated water. The most common type is the gas-fired heat pump.
At AC Pros, their Plano heating and air conditioning contractors can help you choose the best system for your property, your comfort needs, and your budget. You and your family are guaranteed to enjoy the many benefits of your new heat pump well into the future.