Heat Pumps to Help Your Home

Heat pumpHeat pumps allow heat transfers from a hot to a cold surface. A heat pump is responsible for air conditioning units to do this. Heat pumps will rely on electricity to do this.

If you notice that the temperature in your house fluctuates, it may be time to get a heat pump. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a heat pump would come in handy since temperatures can go quite high and extremely low.

But if you enroll in the government’s renewable heat incentive, your installation could earn you a government payback. In which case, the right type of heat pump could help you reach your energy-saving goals.

Air source heat pumps

An air source pump is an excellent choice for settled climates. It is usually fitted at the sides of the building so that it draws air from the outside. It transfers heat using compression through two conductive copper tubes formed into coils.

In cold temperatures, a liquid refrigerant in one coil sucks heat from the air and evaporates, moving it inside where it then condenses giving off warmth, then the process repeats itself.

Ground source heat pumps

You can use energy from water or the underground as a source of heat. Of course, this will involve laying pipes into the earth. Sometimes known as geothermal heat pumps, these pumps have a higher efficiency rate because ground temperatures are mostly constant.

Ground sourced pumps can be placed under your garden in a horizontal array, vertically positioned in a borehole several meters into the ground or even in a localized water source.

Hybrid pumps

A hybrid installation will have the pumps alongside another source of energy like a gas boiler. Together, they provide warmth constantly and efficiently. If you have an existing heat source, you will not need to change radiators.

Another way to install hybrid pumps is to mix both air sourced and ground heat so that when the air is colder outside, you get warmth from the ground and vice versa.

A heat pump can generate high temperatures using radiators. The good thing is, most of these pumps are easy to install and could last for an extended period.