What is a heat pump?

So, what is a heat pump? Sources of heat pump energy can vary but there are two primary configurations; Ducted and Mini-Split’s. Both operate with the same principle of transferring heat from one place to another instead of creating the heat itself like the traditional electric baseboards or furnaces.

Ductless – Air Source Heat Pumps

An air source heat pump takes the hot air inside your home and moves it outside by transferring it through a series of coils indoor and outdoor. These coils contain refrigerant liquid, it then changes the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas, and then back again to continually move the warm air from inside to the outdoors which then cools your home in the process. To heat the home the process is reversed.

This process is a natural way to heat transfer and is one of the reasons why heat pumps are so efficient. The versatility of this equipment is an ideal solution for both heat domes and cold Canadian winter days on the coast.

Ducted Heat Pumps

Duct work is the sheet metal passages that connect a central hvac system that could be a heat pump or a furnace. From that central heat source there are veins that channel the heat through vents in your floors or walls of the home, spreading warm or cool air throughout. Duct work can have a drawback with efficiency as sometimes old duct work is not sized properly for the home and needs to be reworked.

Another common problem is zoning issues throughout the home, we have you covered with our Airease 20 seer system specifically designed for complex zones in homes. Homes with existing duct work are great candidates for a central system, and sometimes in existing homes with attics and crawl spaces we can get duct work in with a multi-zone system or central system.

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