A Heat Pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.
So how does a heat pump work? A heat pump acts 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. Because a heat pump moves the heat instead of generating it, and is powered by electricity, you can save substantially on fuel consumption and increase the energy efficiency in your home.
It was once thought that heat pumps were only best for moderate climates, but that's no longer the case. Using a supplemental heat source (your furnace, boiler or electric heat strip), heat pumps are becoming the primary heat source due to the significant energy savings. As a year-round solution for home comfort, Orange Energy Solutions can help you decide if a heat pump system is right for you.