What is a Heat Pump?

Exploring Different Types of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are an efficient and eco-friendly way to heat and cool your home. Here, we’ll explore the three most common types: air-source, water-source, and geothermal heat pumps.

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps transfer heat between your home and the outside air. In winter, they bring heat in; in summer, they expel heat outside. They come in two varieties: ducted and ductless.

– Ducted Systems: Use your home’s ductwork to distribute heat.

– Ductless Systems: Transfer heat via a refrigerant line.

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Water-Source Heat Pumps

Water-source heat pumps use a nearby water body as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. They are highly efficient even with lower water temperatures.

– Closed Loop Systems: Use sealed pipes submerged in a water source, circulating anti-freeze to transfer heat.

– Open Loop Systems: Draw water from the source, extract heat, and return the cooled water.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps, known as ground-source heat pumps, use the earth’s stable temperature to heat and cool your home.

– Closed Loop Systems: Circulate anti-freeze or refrigerant through buried pipes.

– Open Loop Systems: Use water from a well or surface water, extracting heat before returning it to the source.

Critical Components of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps consist of several critical components working together:

– Outdoor Unit: Located outside, it absorbs winter heat and expels summer heat.

– Indoor Unit: Distributes heated or cooled air throughout the home.

– Compressor: Compresses refrigerant into a high-pressure, high-temperature gas.

– Condenser: Releases or absorbs heat, turning refrigerant from vapor to liquid.

– Expansion Valve: Regulates refrigerant flow, creating a pressure difference for state changes.

– Evaporator: Absorbs heat and dehumidifies air.

Heat Pump Rebates and Tax Credits

Many governments and utility companies offer rebates and tax credits for installing heat pumps due to their energy efficiency and environmental benefits. Check our rebate finder to see what incentives you can get for your heat pump system.

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