Heat pumps are used to control the air temperature of the entire house in order to provide comfort to its Roswell, GA residents. More popularly used to heat houses during cold months, heat pumps can also function as an air conditioner during summer days, cooling the air inside the house by removing the heat and transferring it to outside of the house. During cold days, the heat pump will reverse the process and will capture heat from the air outside of the house and bring it inside for heating. It can also derive heat coming from the ground and ground water.
Different Types of Heat Pumps
Unlike the air-conditioning unit that only uses the air and works by removing the heat from it, heat pumps can derive heat from many sources and works by transferring the heat from one location to another. They are classified according to the energy resource of the machine.
Air-source Heat Pumps – These machines are best for mild climates that needs minimal to average temperature adjustments. As it works by moving heat from the air outside of the house, it may not work during extremely cold days where the outside air becomes colder than inside. Backup heaters will usually kick in when outside temperatures are 40°F or lower. Air-source units are also cheaper.
Ground-source Heat Pumps – These are the most efficient heating system, producing at least three time the energy it uses. This type of heat pump is also considered as the “green” type as it has the lowest impact to the environment. A ground-source heat pump can continue to generate heat even when outside temperatures are -17°F. The only disadvantage of this type of heat pumps is its price. This is more commonly used in office building and commercial complexes as installation costs can be as much as $35,000.
Advantages of Heat Pumps
- Efficient Temperature Control – It doesn’t need as much energy as other heating devices do. It can generate more energy than it consumes.
- Multiple Functions – While you can rely on heat pumps to heat your home, it is also capable of heating bath water and even indoor swimming pools.
- Quiet Operation – The main unit containing the processor is usually outside the house, those blocking out the humming noise.
- Cleaner Air – The process of transferring heat from one place to another also means air going through several filters that are capable of removing particles and airborne pollutants.