Heat Pumps

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Electric Air- and Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Versatile High Efficiency Heating Systems for Your Home

Heat pumps are a great solution for your home's comfort because they can heat and cool your home as well as control humidity. 

Two of the most common types of heat pumps are air-source and ground-source heat pumps. 

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps work by transferring heat from one place to another. During the winter, they capture heat energy and move it into your home. During the summer, the process is reversed by pulling hot air out of your home.

When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, like combustion heating systems do.

Benefits of Air-Source Heat Pumps

  • Versatile: Can be used for heating and cooling
  • Healthy benefits: Filters and dehumidifies the air
  • Low carbon footprint: These systems use outside air to heat and cool your home. If you are switching from oil, you can significantly reduce your carbon emissions
  • Work in lower temperatures: Air-source heat pumps can extract heat from the air even in negative temperatures. Technology has improved and air-source heat pumps do work in cold climates
  • Long lifespan: with proper maintenance, these systems will last many years
  • Quieter than air conditioner window units

Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), sometimes referred to as GeoExchange, earth-coupled, ground-source, or water-source heat pumps, have been in use since the late 1940s. They use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature.

As with any heat pump, geothermal and water-source heat pumps are able to heat, cool, and, if so equipped, supply the house with hot water. Some models of geothermal systems are available with two-speed compressors and variable fans for more comfort and energy savings.