With the increasing demand for energy-efficient solutions, heat pumps have become an attractive choice for homeowners. But how exactly do heat pumps work? To understand the basics of how heat pumps operate, let’s look at what a heat pump is and its components.
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps provide a great alternative to natural gas or electric furnaces, or baseboard heaters. A heat pump differs from other systems that utilize fuel or electricity to generate heat or cool a home; instead, they are a low-emission option that moves heat from one area to another.
And heat pumps are considered “green-energy compliant” because they are powered by electricity, not natural gas or oil. The latest models are very energy efficient, saving you money when replacing an old furnace – and because they don’t add CO2 into the atmosphere, they reduce your environmental impact.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
To understand how heat pumps work, it might help to know the various components that make up the system.
- Condenser – absorbs outdoor heat and then releases it inside the building
- Evaporator – absorbs heat from indoors and releases it outside
- Expansion Valve – regulates pressure in the system
- Compressor – is essential for keeping temperatures cool
- Fan – circulates air throughout the heat pump (visible from the top of the unit)
- Smart Thermostat – allows you to control the temperature of your environment, while also self-adapting to conditions. These thermostats can be updated remotely using an app on your cell phone.
Each component works together, transferring heat from one place to another to keep your space comfortable in summer or winter.
BC and Federal Governments Heat Pump Rebate Options
Replacing your current electric heating system with a heat pump could be the perfect way to stay comfortable throughout the cold winter months while saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. As a bonus, the Federal Government’s Canada Greener Homes Grant offers up to $5,000 as a rebate, and up to $2,000 is available from Fortis BC. This financial incentive makes now the perfect time to switch to one of these innovative systems.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Installing a Heat Pump in Your Home or Office
A heat pump could be an excellent option if you’re looking for an efficient way to keep your home or office comfortable year-round without breaking your budget or sacrificing comfort levels. Speak with Steve at A1 Heating in Kelowna to schedule an onsite visit and a no-cost quote for a new heat pump. We also can provide financing options.