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U.S. Department of Energy Explains the Different Types of Heat Pumps

Posted on: September 12, 2014

During winter, heat pumps transfer heat from the cold outdoors to deliver warmth into homes. During the summer, they do the opposite. Because heat is moved rather than generated, heat pumps are able to provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume.

According to the Department of Energy, air source heat pumps are the most common. With this type of heat pump, the heat is transferred between your home and the outdoor air. If you use electricity for heating, an air source heat pump can reduce the amount of electricity used for heating by 30 to 40 percent.

If your home doesn’t have ducts, you can get a ductless version of an air-source heat pump, called a mini-split heat pump. Plus, there are special air-source heat pumps called reverse-cycle chillers, which generate cold and hot water instead of air, allowing them to be used in heating mode with radiant floor heating systems.

Next, there is a geothermal heat pump (also known as a water-source or ground-source heat pump). It achieves higher efficiency by transferring the heat between your home and a nearby water source or the ground. Although it costs more to install, this heat pump has low operating costs because it takes advantage of constant water or ground temperatures. Whether this type of heat pump is suitable for you depends on the landscape, the subsoil and the size of your property.

Lastly, there are absorption heat pumps, also called gas-fired heat pumps. They use heat as their energy source, and a wide variety of heat sources can be used to drive them.

Do you know which type of heat pump your home has?

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