With winter already making itself known in many states and with it peaking its head around the corner in the southern states, most people are thinking about heat and heat pumps. If you have an extra room, patio or smaller building that you would like to heat, then you have a few options when it comes to heat pumps. In fact, there are three types of heat pumps for you to consider: Geothermal Heat Pumps, Air Source Electric Heat Pumps and Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps.
A heat pump in general works to move heat from one location to another location. Most heat pumps move heat from a lower temperature (heat source) to a higher temperature (heat sink).
Geothermal heat pumps use the ground instead of outside air to provide heat. Because they utilize the earth's natural heat, they are considered to be the most efficient heat pumps and also provide the most comfort. Continued on next page...
A ductless or split heat pump may be an ideal addition to your home heated with oil.
Heat pumps are used for both single and split systems. Single systems use the heat pump to warm the air in the home during the cold winter months. Split systems have the ability to reverse the system to air condition the home by providing cooling during the warm months of the year.
Heat pumps work by extracting the warmth from cool or cold outdoor air. An air conditioner uses the same process, only backwards. It pulls the warm air from your house, and expels it outside. Heat pumps are extremely effective when outdoor temperature ranges between 40° to 60°. However, they still work well when outside temperatures reach the "balance point" at approximately 36°F.
Electric heat pumps are an effective solution to heating your home during the cold winter months. In recent years, their popularity has risen in both warm and cold climates. Heat pumps offer numerous convenient, environmentally friendly benefits to homeowners.
As one of the most important appliances in the home, your heat pump requires routine maintenance and yearly checkups to ensure that it is operating efficiently and safely. Single Systems (heating) and Split Systems (heating and cooling) use a single heat pump to provide optimum air temperature in your home. Through scheduled annual maintenance, you can reduce the risk of a major malfunction or breakdown, which can cost a lot to repair or replace.