As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, heat pumps move heat rather than generate heat. This can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume. In this post, let’s talk about the different types of heat pumps.
Heat pumps come in various shapes and sizes and the most common is the Air-Source Heat Pump. It transfers heat between your home and the air outside. If you heat with electricity (which most homes in Central Florida do), a heat pump usually reduces the amount of electricity consumed for heating by as much as forty percent. These hi-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners. This results in lower electric bills and a cooler home in Orlando’s hot summer months. Here are a few other types of heat pumps …
Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps – The main advantages of ductless mini splits heat pumps are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for 4 zones) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for your house. Because each of the zones has its thermostat, you can easily shut off a zone when not in use. This saves energy and money.
Geothermal Heat Pumps – These heat pumps have been around since the ’40s. Although not that popular in Orlando, they are common in areas that experience extremely hot & cold temperatures. Normal heat pumps use air from outside. A geothermal system utilizes the constant temperature a few feet below the earth’s surface to generate its heat and/or cool air.
Absorption Heat Pumps – mostly used in commercial properties or very large homes. Unlike the more common heat pumps powered by electricity, these heat pumps rely on natural gas (some by propane, solar-heated water, or geothermal-heated water).
In the next blog, we will talk about the proper service and maintenance of your heat pump. In the meantime, if you have any questions please give us a call. American Air & Heat, Orlando’s air conditioning experts for over 25 years!