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What is a heatpump?

Post created: 2013-03-14 Type of Equipment: Furnace Views: 232

I do not currently have a heatpump,furnace just wanted to know how it would produce heat and what is involved in the installation.

Thanks Tina

On 2013-03-14 JB wrote:

A heat pump is a means of heating or cooling a living space. Think of it as a refrigerator or air conditioner that can send the cool air created through evaporation and condensation into the house and expel the hot air as waste outside of the house and then when the weather turns cold it expels the cool air as waste outside the house and pushes the warm air that is created in.

Heat pumps are not well suited to climates that experience sustained significantly cold temperatures since they do not operate well below about 10 to 20 degrees as it is much harder to extract enough heat to warm the home. In this case a backup heat source is used that is generally powered by electricity or gas.

The complexity of installation depends on how much initial or original work needs to be done to set up the piping and other hardware and whether you choose an air or geothermal source heat pump. Air heat pumps pull in outside air upon which it conditions it depending on the need for heating or cooling. Geothermal heat pumps use a shallow underground heat exchanger to draw cooling or heating from the ground. Installation can also be more complicated if you have to remove duct work or an existent system. For a good brief description of installation go here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2125874_install-heat-pump.html.

In the end, where you live may determine whether a heat pump is right for you. For those in the right climates they can be very affordable and economical to run. You can learn how to buy one and how to determine if one is right for you and more here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/heat-pumps/.

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