Heat pumps and air conditioners differ in one significant way: a heat pump is capable of heating and cooling, whereas an air conditioner can only cool.
Modern heat pumps reverse the traditional refrigerant flow in an AC system. This configuration sends high-pressure vapor inside first, making the indoor coil the “condenser” and the outdoor coil the evaporator during heating. When the outdoor temperature drops below the set temperature threshold, the system will either activate the fossil fuel or auxiliary electric heat to heat the home.
Front Range HVAC sells and services heat pumps for a wide variety of applications, including both residential and commercial.
Choosing the Right Heat Pump
The heat pump is a great option for many buildings. And, it’s a much more efficient air quality solution, especially during times when the outside temperature is around 40-70 degrees. Once the outside temperature drops below 40 degrees, the heat pump system will kick on the auxiliary heat, electric back up, or natural gas/propane fuel systems.
In the world of heat pumps, there are three main types: Air Source, Split Ductless, and Geothermal.
Air Source heat pump systems make up the vast majority of the most commonly used heat pumps in the United States. These systems are typically comprised of at least two units, an air handler and the heat pump itself. Air source heat pumps can save consumers thousands in energy costs when compared with traditional heating systems.
Split Ductless heat pump systems take advantage of an outdoor compressor that works with numerous interior air handlers to effectively manage circulated air temperature. These systems are ideal for homes or commercial buildings that don’t already have a ducted air circulation system already installed.
Geothermal heat pump systems are rare but growing in popularity. These systems make use of subterranean pipes that carry a water-based solution used to normalize indoor temperatures. While geothermal heat pumps are quite costly to install, they’re a fantastic solution for larger lots where a more sizable volume of air needs to be managed.
Built-to-Suit Heat Pumps
When evaluating your heat pump options, it’s important to take into consideration all of the factors that will impact ongoing system efficiency, including:
Tax credits and rebates
Other system requirements (additional ductwork, air handlers, etc.)
To learn more about the variety of heat pumps available through Front Range HVAC, click on the link below, and review the features available on some of the most popular heat pump units.
Let Front Range HVAC help guide you to the ideal heat pump for your unique situation. Contact our team of HVAC professionals today by calling (303) 872-9060.