Heat pumps are most often seen in areas without severe climate shifts. Norfolk, for example, doesn’t often suffer from severe cold or from severe heat. This makes a heat pump an ideal replacement for traditional air conditioners. Why? Because they are more energy efficient.
A heat pump operates using a very simple concept. The goal is to move heat from a cool place to a warm place. This causes the place that is cool to become cooler and the place that is warm to become warmer. If it’s the summertime, then the heat pump will move the warmth from inside your house to the outdoors. And during the winter it will move the heat from outdoors inside the home.
This method is in contrast to furnaces or air conditioners that actually generate heat. It certainly has its limitations, which is why it’s best for moderate climate areas. The major benefit is that it only uses around 25 percent of the energy that a traditional AC unit or furnace uses.
A Variation In The Pumps.
While the idea of the heat pump is generally the same no matter what, there are some variations in the type of heat pump. Or, more specifically, what medium the heat is being moved through. The three common options are:
– Air-to-air heat pumps.
– Geothermal heat pumps.
– Water heat pumps.
Air-to-air heat pumps are most often used to heat and cool homes. They work by moving warm air either into the house or outside the house. At the same time, they can actually work as a dehumidifier. These types of air-to-air heat pumps have been used across the country for decades except in areas with frequent temperature drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Interestingly enough, new breakthroughs are being made in heat pump technology all of the time. There are a few models on the market today that claim to be sufficient enough to warm homes in even the coldest states in the country. They do this while remaining superior to traditional heaters in terms of energy efficiency.
Water heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps in Norfolk are somewhat more expensive, but they experience a slight efficiency boost as well. Rather than move heat from air-to-air, they move it between the air and the ground or a source of water. They are somewhat more efficient because the ground maintains a relatively constant temperature at a certain depth. A geothermal heat pump can save an additional 30 percent on energy usage.
Furthermore, geothermal heat pumps are an improvement in terms of stability, dehumidification, and reliability. These are the heat pumps that are most likely able to deliver consistent temperatures even in extreme climate zones.
Taking Advantage Of The Heat Pump.
In Norfolk, the climate is mild enough that an air-to-air heat pump is sufficient for most cooling and heating needs. A geothermal or water source would still be an improvement in all of the areas mentioned above. At any rate, it’s certainly an improvement over traditional AC units. It saves you money and has a smaller impact on the environment.