The term “heat pump” might not be the first thing that springs to mind when shopping for a new air conditioning system. In warm-weather areas like Boca Raton, Florida, however, it’s an energy-efficient option that can provide you with both heating and cooling. This highly versatile type of comfort system adapts to a variety of applications too. Read on to learn more about the broad appeal of this HVAC product.
How They Work
Like traditional air conditioners, heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another through the cycle of refrigerant. As the liquid refrigerant evaporates into gas it pulls heat from the surrounding air. During the summer, the heat is moved outside your home. In the winter, a reversing valve allows the pump to draw heat from outside and brings it indoors.
Types of Heat Pumps
When exploring your heat-pump options, let your unique comfort requirements guide you towards the optimal selection. When it comes to energy efficiency, however, you’ll save more by choosing an all-season pump. There are several popular options for these year-round systems:
- Air-Source Pumps. During the winter, air-source pumps extract heat from the air outside for indoor distribution. They’re well-suited for places like Boca Raton where temperatures rarely dip below freezing. Even when it’s cold outside, you can still extract heat from the air.
- Ground-Source Pumps. Better known as geothermal pumps, ground-source pumps use the thermal energy beneath the surface of the earth for heating and cooling. With installation costs recouped in as little as 5 years, their energy efficiency is hard to beat.
- Water-Source Pumps. These pumps work on the same principle as the others, except that you extract energy for heating and cooling from a water source. You have the added benefit of heated water supply. You will need to have a lake or pond nearby to be able to take advantage of these systems.
At Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, we offer a full array of heat-pump solutions for your Boca Raton home. To learn more, explore our heating and cooling services or call our West Palm Beach location at (561) 202-1422.
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