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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

How Does a Heat Pump Work

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

How Does a Heat Pump Work

HVAC systems are vital for the buildings you manage. If tenants and visitors are uncomfortable, you are the first to know. You have many options when it is time to swap out your current heating and cooling systems. Do you replace the old furnace or boiler with new ones? Are they cost-effective? Are they energy efficient? What other options are available? All of these are good questions requiring a good answer. 

Why not choose a heat pump? These units take the surrounding air, extract the heat, and push it through offices and other rooms in your commercial building. They are energy efficient, producing two to three times as much heat versus the amount of electricity they consume. Those are good odds! Choosing a quality commercial heating company increases the chances that all those working and visiting the building will be very comfortable with the temperature inside.

Understand How a Heat Pump Works in Heating Mode

There are 3 main types of heat pumps, air to air, water source and geothermal (ground source). All 3 operate on the same principle. 

  1. Heat source: The heat is extracted either from the ambient air, heated water source or from the ground. 
  2. Evaporator: The heat is extracted in the evaporator causing the liquid refrigerant to evaporate into a gaseous state. 
  3. Compression: The gas enters the compressor and is compressed into a higher pressure also picking up heat in the process from the compressor motor and heat of compression. 
  4. Condenser: The heated refrigerant enters the condenser and the air flowing across the condenser from the supply air fan is heated and enters the space. 

Basic Questions about Heat Pumps Answered

A heat pump can offer excellent indoor comfort and still be cost-effective. You may still have some questions, such as:

  • How does a heat pump save energy? A heat pump doesn’t generate heat like other appliances. Instead, it moves heat from one place to another. It uses less energy (i.e., electricity) to move the heat than a conventional electric or gas system.
  • Can a heat pump be used in areas without ducts? Yes. Some heat pumps come in the form of a split system or a mini-split which doesn’t require any ductwork. It can also be set up to work in zones for better temperature control and greater comfort.
  • Can a heat pump be used as a supplemental heating or cooling unit? Yes. These appliances are very versatile and make an excellent option for supplementing conventional systems.

Partner with a Dependable HVAC Company for Your Next Heat Pump

Increase interior comfort by using the services of a reliable commercial heating and air conditioning company. TRI-AIR’s knowledgeable technicians can handle all your routine, corrective, and emergency HVAC maintenance needs, including heat pumps. We can also take care of installation for your new commercial heating and cooling systems. Our scheduled maintenance program ensures your units last for years. Learn more about us, our mission, and how you can benefit from working with us when you contact us today!

Call us at 905-470-2424 or contact us online for your energy-efficient commercial and industrial heating and cooling system installation, service, or repair.