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A heat pump provides climate control for your home year-round by supplying heat to it during the wintertime and cooling it in the summertime. Some varieties of heat pumps can even supply additional hot water heating.

A heat pump is an electrical device that transfers heat from one location to another. This type of device has been used in North America and around the world for decades. Two very common examples of heat pumps are refrigerators and air conditioners, both of which are examples of a heat pump which is functioning only in the cooling mode. However, a heat pump cycle is fully reversible. In this situation, a heat pump can supply your home or building with year-round climate control despite outside weather conditions.

Heat pumps relocate heat by transferring a substance known as refrigerant through a sequence of rotating evaporation and condensation. A compressor pushes the refrigerant through two heat exchanging coils – the condenser and the evaporator. The evaporator is the coil where the refrigerant takes in heat from its surroundings and becomes a low-temperature vapor. The condenser is the coil where the refrigerant gives off its heat to its surrounding environment and becomes a liquid.

Generally speaking, using only a heat pump to supply all your heating needs will not be cost-efficient. However, if you use your heat pump in conjunction with another source of heating – such as an electric, gas or oil furnace – you have consistent and cost-efficient heating in wintertime and cooling in summer.

Before you purchase a heat pump, it is important to consider all the costs and weigh all the benefits. Heat pumps do possess a lower fuel cost, but are more expensive to buy than standard heating systems. You must carefully compare your projected savings on fuel with the initial cost of buying a heat pump. In general, heat pumps will be most cost-effective if they are used year-round, so if you intend on using both winter heating and summer cooling systems, it will be more sensible, and even advisable, for you to invest in a heat pump.

It is important to have an assessment done on your home or building’s insulation before installing a heat pump. If your home or building is losing heat through inadequate insulation of walls, doors, ceilings or windows, there will be little point in spending the money on an efficient heating system. It would be highly recommended that you upgrade your insulation levels to reduce the loss of quality air before installing a heat pump or heating system in your home or building.

Installing a heat pump in your home or building can greatly increase your level of comfort on those hot summer days and cold winter nights.

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