July 26, 2012
An air conditioner only cools your home. A furnace only heats your home. A heat pump can do both and can do both very efficiently.
Heat pumps get their name from how they work. Rather than creating heat by burning gas or using electricity, heat pumps only use energy to transport heat from point A to point B. Still confused? Let’s look at it in more detail.
There are two main types of heat pumps. While their core functions remain the same, they vary in their efficiency and where they transfer heat to and from.
Air-source heat pumps use the air outside as the transfer source. This means in summer, the heat from your home is transferred to the air outside and in the winter heat is pulled from the air outside and transferred into your home.
The word geothermal is derived from Latin words that literally mean “earth heat”. Geothermal heat pumps transfer heat to and from the ground or ground water. Because the temperature below the earth's surface stays relatively constant, geothermal heat pumps are able to function even on the coldest days.
With this quick overview, hopefully you are now aware of the basics of how heat pumps work and how they can save you money on your energy bills.
For more information on how a heat pump could benefit your Sarasota area home, schedule a free estimate online with Cool Today.
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