Staying Up On Furnace Maintenance

The Two Types Of Heat Pumps And When To Use Them

Heating and cooling equipment can be quite expensive, especially if you buy a separate furnace and air conditioner. You an save yourself a lot of money if you buy one piece of equipment that you can use to both heat and cool your home. While you find a furnace and an AC unit in many homes across this country, you can, if the conditions are right, save yourself some money by installing a heat pump. 

Two Options

If you want to install a heat pump in your home, you have two options. An air-source heat pump will push heat into the air outside your home to provide cooling for the interior of your home and extract heat from the outside air to warm your home in the winter. A ground-source heat pump will push heat into the ground outside your home to cool your home and extract heat from the ground to heat your home. So which is right for you?

An Analysis of an Air-Source Heat Pump

The main benefit of an air-source heat pump is that it is less expensive to install than its counterpart. It will look and function basically like a central air conditioning system in that it will have a set of coils located outside your home and a set of coils inside your home. Unlike an AC unit, you can reverse the function of these coils to either heat or cool your home. The main disadvantage of an air-source heat pump is that it is dependent on the fluctuating nature or air temperatures. It will be its most efficient when temperatures are moderate, but the hotter or cooler it gets, the less efficient your heat pump will be. 

An Analysis of a Ground-Source Heat Pump

The main advantage of a ground-source heat pump is that ground temperatures are much more consistent than air temperatures. In fact, if you bury specially designed coils ten feet below the ground, you will be able to tap into ground temperatures that stay between 50-60˚ year round. This means that a ground-source model is much more efficient than its air-source counterpart. The main disadvantage of a ground-source heat pump is that it can be quite expensive to excavate your yard and bury coils underground. 

To decide between the two types of heat pumps, you have to consider a couple of factors. If you live in a region of the country that has moderate temperatures, you should be okay to use an air-source heat pump to both heat and cool your home. However, if you live in the North or in a mountainous region, you will want to consider installing a ground-source heat pump. As long as you have room in your yard for the coils a ground-source model uses, you should be able to get reliable year-round comfort. 

For heat pumps, contact a business such as Actionaire Inc.