WHAT IS A HEAT PUMP?
HOW DOES A HEAT PUMP WORK?
Think of a heat pump as a heat transporter constantly moving warm air from one place to another to where its needed or not needed depending on the season. Even in air that’s seems too cold, heat energy is present. When it’s cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it’s warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.
A heat pump can be summarized as a mechanical device that moves heat from one place to another. Air that is extremely cold still holds minimal amounts of heat. The idea is in the summer the heat is removed from your indoor environment, and in the winter it is pulled from outside and converted inside. Many heat pumps have a SEER rating, or Standard Energy Efficiency Rating of 19.00 which is highly ranked. The standard furnace is around 12.00 and high efficiency is 16.00.
Sometimes additional heating is required in extremely cold temperatures.