A heat pump is a mechanical device that transfers heat from one place to another. It works by moving heat from a source, such as the air or ground outside, to a destination, such as a building’s interior, using a refrigerant and a compressor.
During the summer months, a heat pump can act as an air conditioner, extracting heat from indoor air and releasing it outdoors. In the winter months, it can reverse its cycle and extract heat from outdoor air or the ground and bring it indoors to heat the building.
Heat pumps are often more energy-efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems because they transfer heat rather than generating it. They can also provide both heating and cooling from a single unit, which can save space and installation costs.
These days, we are using air source heat pumps quite commonly! About half of the pool heaters we are installing are air source heat pumps. Often when we do a pool house, tiny home or accessory structure, a heat pump is an excellent solution for heating and cooling. More commonly, we are installing them in new homes for a high performance option. As fossil fuel energy continues to become more costly, and health concerns rise with the use of these heat and cooking fuels, heat pumps are becoming the product of choice.
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