Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. These HVAC appliances use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm one and make the warm space warmer and the cool space cooler. During the summer months, heat pumps transfer heat from the home to the outdoors. During the winter months, heat pumps move heat from the outdoors into the home. Because these systems move heat instead of generating it, they offer low-operating costs. Air-sourced heat pumps and water-sourced heat pumps are available, and the main differences are the source of conditioning, energy efficiency and installation.
How do Heat Pumps Work?
The marvel of air-sourced heat pumps is that it takes heat from the outdoor air and pumps it inside through refrigerant-filled coils. Its technology is similar to that of a refrigerator. The fluid passes through the compressor where the temperature is increased. In the cooling mode, the cold refrigerant moves through the indoor coils to cool the space. The main components of an air-sourced heat pumps are a compressor, indoor coils and outdoor coils. When properly installed, these units can generate one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy than the electrical energy consumed.
A water-sourced heat pump is a type of geothermal system that uses the heat energy from a nearby body of water, such as a pond or lake, to heat and cool the home. To determine which type of heat pump is best in Marco Island FL, there are several factors to be considered. For a water-sourced heat pump, the water quality, volume and depth must be suitable and ground water discharge regulations must be met. It’s important that your site’s hydrology is fully evaluated by a professional. This way, potential problems like groundwater contamination and aquifer depletion can be avoided.
The heat exchanger in a water-sourced heat pump is made of an open or closed loop pipe system. High density polyethylene pipe is buried in the water from four to six feet deep. The pipes are filed with antifreeze that act as the heat exchanger. In the colder months, the fluid extracts heat from the water and delivers it to the home. In the warmer months, the system reverses and removes heat from the home and deposits it to the water source. Water-sourced heat pumps use 25 to 50 percent less electricity than traditional HVAC systems, are easy to zone and improve humidity control.
HVAC Products and Services at Accurate Comfort Services
At Accurate Comfort Services, we carry and install top brand water-to-air heat pumps and water-to-water heat pumps. Our NATE-certified technicians have the specialized knowledge and equipment to get the job done right. These workhorses are equipped with the lasted technology like variable-speed motors for greater energy efficiency. Tax credits are still available for geothermal systems, and you can get up to a 30 percent savings on installation costs. In addition, you can take advantage of our flexible financing plans with low interest.