If you’re looking for a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for heating and cooling your home, a heat pump may be the perfect choice for you. Unlike a traditional furnace, which creates new heat by burning fuel such as a gas or by heating up electrical coils, heat pumps simply redistribute the heat that’s already around. Even in the coldest sub-zero winter temperatures, there is still some degree of heat present in the air, and a heat pump is able to capture that heat and bring it into your home.
A heat pump works with a dual coil system, controlled by a central electrical device. The coils are filled with a substance called a refrigerant, which is able to efficiently store and give off heat. In one of the heat pump’s coils, the refrigerant is put a low levels of pressure, which causes it to turn to a gas, pulling in heat from the area around the coil at the same time. Then, the refrigerant is pumped into a second coil, where it’s forced into higher pressure. This causes the refrigerant to turn back into a liquid, and so give off the heat it collected. The heat is then distributed throughout the house through a system of blowers and ducts. No heat is actually generated, but rather is moved around to where it needs to be. Altering the temperature in the house with your thermostat changes how much the heat pump goes through this cycle.
Because of this, a heat pump can be used for both cooling and heating. For heating purposes, heat is pulled in from the outdoors and given off indoors. For cooling, the opposite happens, pulling excess heat from indoors and exhausting it outdoors. You may recognize the heat pump system as the one that controls temperature in your refrigerator, but it can also be used to heat or cool houses, too. In addition, the system is flexible. If you’re using it to heat your home, heat is generally pulled in from the air around the house – but, if you live in an area where the ground is naturally warm, such as California, Alberta, or Iceland, a heat pump can be used for geothermal power. A similar system pulls heat from the ground, instead of the air.
Temperature Control Corp is able to provide a wide variety of services for those who currently own heat pumps or are considering installing them at some point. Because heat pumps depend on the warmth and coolness in the surrounding area, they’re not the ideal temperature option for every location or every climate. We can consult with you to determine whether a heat pump is right for you. We can also assess your home to determine its readiness for the system, for example if you have the proper ventilation and ductwork ready. Once you have a heat pump, it should keep you going for between 10 and 30 years, or even longer for certain geothermal models – but, throughout that time, preventative and problem-solving maintenance may be required, and we have the expertise and the experience to help you with that as well.