Heat Pump FAQ
A heat pump is a single unit that can both heat and cool your home year-round. During the summer, the heat pump extracts heat from inside the home and transfers it to the air outside. In the cooler months, the heat pump draws heat from the air outdoors and brings it inside. This is achieved by pumping a special refrigerant through coils that is circulated between the indoors and outdoors.
Despite how it may feel, even during the winter there is still heat available in the air. In fact, air at 0 degrees Celsius contains almost 90% of the heat of air at 35 degrees Celsius. Modern heat pumps are engineered to efficiently draw heat from cold winter days.
Heat pumps offer an all-in-one heating and cooling solution to be used year-round. They are inexpensive to run, very efficient, easy to use and maintain, and safe. They also manage humidity in the air, cleanse pollutants and allergens, and are more environmentally friendly than many other forms of indoor heating.
The warmth provided by a heat pump tends to be more gentle and subtle than that given off by many traditional forms of heating. This is due to the fact that heat pumps do not give off concentrated heat in “bursts” like those from a furnace. May people come to prefer the comfortable warmth of a heat pump over the alternatives.
Most likely not. Heat pumps use the same sized ductworks as typical furnace or central air conditioning systems.
Modern heat pumps tend to be as efficient or better than typical air conditioning units
There are a number of factors that may affect the size of heat pump your property requires. These include the current quality of your insulation in walls and roofs, heat loss through windows and doors, the direction the room is facing (how much heat it is generating from the sun), and the area in which heating is required.
Heat pumps today are very quiet. They register above ambient background noise only marginally.
Yes. Heat pumps contain a number of filters to clean the air. They effectively scrub the air of dust, micro-organisms, mold spores and other allergens while deodorizing and managing humidity.
It is not necessary to cover most outdoor units, as they are built to withstand the elements. As long as you do not obstruct airflow, however, feel free to cover your outdoor heat pump components for aesthetic reasons.
Absolutely. Smaller commercial properties can usually use residential heat pumps but there are larger, more powerful versions that are perfectly suited for large commercial applications.