When it comes time to replace ductless air conditioners and other heating and air conditioning units our customer often ask us: What is a heat pump? Simply put, a heat pump is like a ductless air conditioner in style and functionality, but it also provides heating on top of air conditioning. Heat pumps uses mechanical energy to remove heat from the air and move it either inside or outside, depending on whether your space needs heat or air conditioning.
What Is A Heat Pump? It’s A Lot Of Things!
Like ductless air conditioners, heat pumps are an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC choice for your home. They don’t burn natural gas to produce the heat they supply, but rather strip if from the air and concentrate it for use in your home.
Heat pumps have been used for quite a long time in areas that don’t get extreme cold like Toronto. Temperatures in Toronto frequently drop below 20 degrees, but heat pump technology has come a long way and can now function well in colder weather.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
A heat pump is basically an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to provide heat. Explaining them doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
In warm weather, the heat pump absorbs heat from the air inside and moves it outside, thereby providing air conditioning. In cooler weather, the heat pump provides heat by removing heat from the air outside and moving it inside. This idea may seem to defy logic… removing heat from outside in cold weather? The fact is, even in cold weather, there is always heat energy in the air. There’s just less of it than there is in the hot weather. That’s why heat pumps are most efficient in milder climates. The colder it is outside, the harder the heat pump has to work to absorb heat energy and transfer it inside the space.
However, as mentioned, heat pump technology has improved so much that they can even efficiently provide heat in places like Toronto and the GTA.