The HVAC industry is changing faster than ever before as technology pushes the boundaries of what is possible and the Internet of Things makes its way deeper into our lives. Just because we’ve been in business since 1977, doesn’t mean we can think about HVAC in 1970s terms. Both our new and experienced HVAC technicians on the job participate in regular manufacturer training to stay at the cutting edge of the heating and cooling market.
This article looks into why contractors and homeowners are increasingly turning to heat pump technology for heating, cooling, and water heating.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
The basic principle of a heat pump is simple: it moves heat from one place to another.
The ways in which a heat pump transfers heat and where it gets the heat from differ from model to model.
Different types of heat pumps include air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and water-source heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps use a refrigerant system to transfer heat between the inside of a dwelling and the outside air. Ground-source heat pumps recirculate antifreeze through a closed-loop to transfer heat between subterranean dirt and rock to inside a dwelling. Water-source heat pumps circulate water through an open-loop system to move heat between inside a dwelling and an underground well.
Many HVAC professionals believe the fastest growing type of heat pump is the ductless mini-split, according to reports by The NEWS, an HVAC industry newsletter HVACR decision-makers have trusted since 1926. Ductless mini-spit systems use an air-source heat pump.
Worldwide, the ductless heating and cooling systems market is assessed at $78.62 billion, and it’s expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 8% through 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets.
One HVAC contractor in upstate New York told The NEWS, “Heat pumps can be used for 100 percent heating, 100 percent air conditioning, dehumidification, and other applications.”
An HVAC manufacturer representative told The NEWS her company is “seeing wider recognition among homeowners and HVAC contractors of how modern heat pumps can condition homes of all different sizes and in a variety of climates—including colder climates in the Northeast and Midwest.”
Do Heat Pumps Save Money?
Yes, according to a study on cold-climate air-source heat pumps (ccASHP) done by the Center for Energy and Environment. Conducted during the cold Minnesota winter, the study looked at ducted and ductless systems, as well as ccASHP systems with alternate-fuel backups, such as electric and propane.
Overall, ccASHP systems delivered an average energy reduction of 46% and an average cost reduction of 41%.
Ductless systems alone achieved an average 54% reduction in energy use and cost.
One of the heat pumps in the study was the Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence, a unit Genove Oil & Air technicians know well.
The NEWS reports heat pumps are increasingly providing homeowners and business owners with a clean, affordable option in cold-weather areas where natural gas isn’t available. Instead of being forced into a potentially more expensive fuel source, such as oil or propane, air-source heat pumps prove to be a cost-effective alternative.
The future of HVAC
Heat pump technology now meets the demands of all-weather conditions, and now they can also meet the demands of consumers’ lifestyles.
For instance, Carrier’s Infinity® System Control enables users to gain more control and insight over their heating and cooling system, according to the company website. With an internet connection and a mobile app, users can control indoor temperature remotely, get up-to-date energy reports, set automated temperature changes, and more. Coupled with Carrier’s Wireless Motion/Lux Sensor, your heating and cooling system knows when you’re home and when you’re not to customize climate comfort and save you money.
Whether you use a heat pump heating and cooling system, oil, or Bioheat, scheduling a free consultation with a factory-trained, fully insured HVAC contractor is the best way to get the highest performance and energy-savings from your heating or air conditioning system.
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