Knowledge of components of heat pumps which are electrical first is essential to understanding its operating principle and installation. Did you know that heat pumps are more energy efficient compared to a normal heater? This is because instead of generating heat, it moves it.
Defining a Heat Pump
Heat pumps are devices that transfer energy from a heat sink. A heat sink is the source of heat.Heat pumps have two components, an indoor unit also known as air handler and an outdoor unit. The outdoor unit has a compressor which circulates the refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs and releases heat energy as it flows between the indoor and outdoor units.
How a Heat Pump Work
Heat pumps can either heat or cool a space. They absorb thermal energy from a cold area and releases it where warmth is required. Since it only transfers energy, a heat pump requires minimal external power. Depending on the season, Heat pumps either heat or cool a room.
Did you know that even when it is cold outside, the air has heat energy? During the cold season, the heat pump absorbs heat energy outside and transfers it indoors. Similarly, during the hot season, it absorbs heat from indoors and moves it out. A heat pump acts as both a heater and an air conditioner depending on the season.
Advantages of Heat Pumps
A heat pump saves on energy since it only transfers energy and not generating heat. It distributes warmth evenly in a room leaving no cold spots. This creates a comfortable, warm environment compared to when one is using an electric heater or furnace.
Heat pumps are better at de-humidification compared to regular air conditioners. This is because a heat pump has a more extensive return coil compared to an air conditioner.
Get a heat pump installed at home or office and enjoy the efficiency and comfort that comes with it.