Heat Pumps are very popular especially in the South where air source heat pumps are mostly favored over straight air conditioners with a gas furnace for heating. With a heat pump one system can do it all especially in the mild winters of the South. In the North some people rely on a geothermal heat pump system or a water source heat pump where the heat is extracted from the ground instead of the air like an air source heat pump works. While air source heat pumps are cheaper to install the geothermal heat pump systems will save a lot of money over the life of the heat pump in operating costs so as far as efficiency is concerned the geothermal heat pump rules the day. There may be a time when your heat pump will begin giving you problems so we decided to post an article to help some people diagnose the heat pump problem in an effort to better understand the system. Some minor repairs can be done by someone with advanced do it yourself skills however we always recommend you call an HVAC contractor to repair the heat pump problem if you have a problem with your heat pump. Before you get started you may want to take a look at the articles, “How Heat Pumps Work” , “Heat Pump Components” and “heat pump sequence of operation“. To solve heat pump problems you at least need to be familiar with a heat pump and the heat pump components so those two pages will help you.
Geothermal heat pumps use ground water or water circulated through pipes to exchange heat with the earth. Geothermal heat pumps, versus air heat pump systems, use the earths natural temperature to exchange heat and provide heating and cooling with a geothermal heat pump system. The temperature of the air varies widely with the weather whereas the temperature of the earth is nearly constant and makes the use of a geothermal heat pump system ideal for heating and cooling your home or business. It also costs less in energy use because of the constant earth temperature versus the widely varying temperature of the outside air. Geothermal heat pump systems make sense and can save lots of money in energy use. Continue reading “Geothermal Heat Pumps” »
From Geothermal Heat Pumps to Air Source Heat Pump Systems
Trane Air Source Heat Pump Condenser
There are different types of heat pumps available on the market today. A heat pump is an air conditioning unit that cools when the temperature is hot and provides heat when the temperature is cold. There are many different types of these heat pump systems available. There is the geothermal heat pump which can either utilize a series of closed loop water pipes buried in the ground or other methods of heat exchange to remove or absorb heat for heating and cooling. There are air to air heat pumpsand these types of heat pumps can be configured differently. One type of air to air heat will utilize electric heating for back heat while another may use a gas furnace for back up heating. These types of heat pump systems can also be split heat pump systems or package unit heat pumps. A description of the various types of heat pumps and how they work is below in this article on heat pumps types.