Heat Pumps in Raleigh
Heat pumps are an energy efficient alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems. In Raleigh where, as locals know, it can get really hot in the summer, this is a huge advantage. No need to run your AC all day and to keep your house cool. The heat pump with take the heat from inside your home and pump it out. And when it cools down in winter? Your heat pump will take extract warmth from outside and pump it into your home.
In Raleigh, Triangle AC & Refrigeration is the number one choice for heat pump installation and heat pump repair or servicing. Read on to learn about the advantages of using a heat pump to heat or cool your home.
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are designed to extract warm air. Rather than creating warmth, they simply move it from one source to another. That way they can make interior spaces warmer or cooler, depending on needs.
Heat pumps are used in freezers and refrigerators. To understand how heat pumps work and whether they’re a good choice for your Raleigh home or business, we’ll use the freezer to explain. Freezers use an evaporator coil which absorbs heat from inside the freezer box. The coil moves this heat outside the box and releases it outside the freezer. By transferring the heat in this way, heat pumps use much less energy than would be required if they wanted to produce the cold air in the freezer.
Can Heat Pumps Be Used to Heat and Cool?
Yes. Heat pumps on freezers and refrigerators are designed for one direction of heat transfer. But in your home or business, heat pumps can be used to heat and cool. That means they can work all year round, heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer.
Heat pumps work best in places like Raleigh, where it doesn’t get extremely cold during the winter. Nonetheless, heat pumps can extract hot air from sub-zero temperatures. This makes them extremely versatile. Heat pumps are a great way to cut heating and cooling costs year round.
Geothermal Heat Pumps for Commercial and Residential Uses
So far, we have discussed air-to-air heat pumps. The evaporator coil takes the hot air out of the air and transfers it elsewhere. There are also geothermal heat pumps that extract heat from either the earth or from a water source. These work in much the same way as air-to-air heat pumps with the main difference being the source of the warmth. In winter, the earth is used as a heat source, and in summer it is used as a heat sink.
The big advantage of geothermal heating is that it stays relatively consistent year round. With relatively few fluctuations, geothermal heat pumps can achieve a more efficient heating or cooling process.
Although it costs a little more to install a geothermal heat pump system (the coils need to be built deep into the earth) many clients of Triangle AC & Refrigeration report savings as early as three years down the road.
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