What’s a Heat Pump?

It’s time to install or replace your building’s heating and cooling system. And, your task is finding a solution that best suits the needs of your space. Great for the temperate climates of Maryland, a heat pump may be the right choice for you. But what exactly is a heat pump, and how does it work? The Severn Group is here to give you all the information you need about this heating and cooling solution. Find out if a heat pump is the right choice for you using our helpful guide below.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

heating pump featureThe basic principle is simple: heat pumps transfer heat from cool spaces to warm spaces. In this process, the cold spaces become cooler and the warm spaces become warmer. During cold seasons, heat pumps extract heat from the outdoors to warm your house. And, when you need to cool down your workspace, the heat pump pushes warm air to the outdoors. Because they move existing heat rather than generating new heat, these systems are an energy-efficient solution for keeping your space at the right temperature.

Types of Heat Pumps

What differentiates one heat pump from another is primarily where they draw their heat from. There are four categories of heat pumps to consider when shopping for a new heating and cooling system.

  • Air-to-air pumps regulate temperature by moving heat between your space’s air and the outside air. Additionally, air-to-air pumps remove the humidity of interior areas, resulting in a more comfortable feel on particularly hot or humid days.
  • Geothermal solutions, which include ground-source and water-source heat pumps, transfer heat from either the ground or a water source. Geothermal systems rely on the constant temperature offered by bodies of water or the earth to keep your space at an ideal temperature.
  • Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps are a great option for smaller offices or for room additions where installing new ductwork won’t be a simple process. True to their name, these heat pumps operate without ducts. So, you won’t have to worry about losing your heating in the ductwork.
  • Absorption systems are similar to air-source pumps, with the exception that they’re powered by an alternative heat source. Natural gas, propane, or heated water are all suitable methods of fueling this type of heat pump system. Drawing energy from sources other than electricity is the reason why they’re mainly used in large commercial buildings.

Why Choose a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps deliver a medium to fast source of heat while running at a fraction of the cost when compared to other popular heating and cooling appliances. Today, many heat pumps feature innovations for maximizing heat transfer efficiency. Thus, extending the operating longevity and including backup burners for especially chilly days.

If you’re interested in learning more about the features that a heat pump can provide for your business, contact us today. With our team of expert technicians, The Severn Group can help you with installations, repairs or maintenance for heating and cooling systems. 

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