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What Is a Heat Pump?

heat pumps connecticutSo, what is a heat pump anyway? A heat pump is used to heat and cool a home. A heat pump can replace traditional central air conditioning and furnace equipment. The basic functionality of a heat pump is to move heat from one location to another. On the cooling setting, it is moving heat from inside your house to the outside. The reverse is true on heating mode when it moves heat from the outside, into your home.

Fun fact: Did you know that heat is present in the air until a temperature of -460 degrees Fahrenheit? This temperature is known as absolute zero.

Components of a heat pump
Heat pumps can be broken into two categories, outdoor units, and indoor units. The outdoor unit is a condenser and functions similarly to a traditional central air conditioning. The advantage of a heat pump is that the function can be reversed to provide heat in the home, whereas A/C cannot.

The indoor units come in variety of styles. These include wall mounted heads, ceiling cassettes, floor mount units, and air handlers with ductwork. These many options provide flexibility to heat and cool your home the way that’s best for you. An added benefit is you can choose to only condition the spaces you use.

Air conditioner vs. heat pump: what’s the difference?
Heat pumps and air conditioners are similar in functionality. Minus a few small technical differences, heat pumps and air conditioners are identical in the way they cool your home, with no real difference in comfort quality, energy efficiency, or energy costs.

The main difference between heat pumps and air conditioners is that a heat pump can also heat your home. By adding in the capability of reversing its function, a heat pump is capable of blowing warm air into your house. An air conditioner on the other hand needs to be paired with a furnace which burns fossil fuels.

It’s our goal to deliver reliable comfort to your home! With the most advanced heat pump technology available on the market today, you can expect maximum comfort year-round.