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How Do Heat Pumps Work?

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For those looking for an energy-efficient way to heat and cool their home, heat pumps are a great alternative to furnaces and central air. But how exactly do heat pumps work? Well, they’re a lot like your refrigerator…

How They Work
Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space. Since heat pumps only move heat (instead of generating it), heating and cooling bills are equal to only one-quarter of the costs of traditional heating and cooling systems.

  • Heating – In the winter, a heat pump will make a house warmer by moving heat from the outside, into your home.
  • Cooling – In the summer, a heat pump will make a house cooler by moving heat from the inside of your home to the outside.

Types of Heat Pumps

  • Air-Source – The air-source heat pump will transfer heat between the house and the outside air, which is the most common type of heat pump. Many high-efficiency models of this air pump will not only heat and cool your home, but they will also dehumidify the air during the summer months. Most users will see more than a 50 percent decrease in electricity bills compared to those with traditional HVAC systems.
  • Geothermal – The geothermal heat pump will transfer heat between the house and the ground or a nearby water source. These heats pumps are suggested for those who live in areas where they see hotter summers or colder winters. If your home can permit the use of a geothermal model, your energy bills can be reduced by roughly 60 percent compared to traditional HVAC systems.

Heating and cooling your home shouldn’t have to cost you a fortune, and heat pumps are the perfect solution to lowering your energy bills. When your heating and cooling system needs replacement, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.