A: The most common residential heat pump is an air-source heat pump. This heat pump pulls its heat indoors from the outdoor air in the winter and from the indoor air in the summer. An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home, especially if you live in a warm climate. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home compared to the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, like in combustion heating systems.
A: Heated air can be harvested from outdoor cold air in the winter through a process called refrigeration. Liquid refrigerant extracts heat from the outside coils and air, and moves it inside as it evaporates into a gas. The indoor coils transfer heat from the refrigerant as it condenses back into a liquid. A reversing valve, near the compressor, can change the direction of the refrigerant flow for cooling as well as for defrosting the outdoor coils in winter.
A: When considering buying a heat pump, the first thing to do is a load calculation. Also, follow these three characteristics; energy efficiency rating (EER) (See Below), sizing, & system components.
Please visit the US Department of Energy Website for more information.
A: Consider your homes thermostat. It is the only control in your home that puts you at its mercy instead of adjusting to you and your familys temperature needs.
With the invention of the thermostat so began the tradition of homeowner dissatisfaction with their homes heating and air conditioning systems. For years, families have wasted time and energy while sacrificing their comfort in attempts to get the right temperature in too hot or too cold places throughout the home.
Now, you can end the thermostat battles in your home and reclaim control of your comfort. By installing a zoning system, you are able to transform your existing heating and air conditioning into a personalized comfort system without expensive equipment upgrades.
A: EER is an abbreviation for Energy Efficiency Rating. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute standardized this rating, which reports central air conditioning efficiency at 80 degrees F indoors and 95 degrees F outdoors. This rating measures steady-state efficiency, which is the efficiency of the air conditioner once it is up and running.
A: S.E.E.R. (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is the rating and performance standards that have been developed by the U.S. government and equipment manufacturers to produce an energy consumption rating that is easy to understand by consumers. It has a universal formula and conditioning that can be applied to all units and compensates for varying weather conditions.