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Nyack Heat Pump Guide: How Heat Pumps Work


Are you looking for ways to heat and cool your home efficiently? Perhaps you want to reduce your impact on the environment. Whatever your motivation, there is a home heating and cooling option that allows you to maintain comfort while cutting down on energy use and costs as well as making your home more eco-friendly. In your search for sustainable, affordable heating and cooling power, heat pumps may be the answer you’re looking for. The Nyack heat pump experts at Design Air have collected some information about these innovative systems your consideration.

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How Heat Pumps Work

There are a few different heat pump options and styles available, but they all work in a similar way: by absorbing existing heat and using that heat to make your home more comfortable. This is achieved by utilizing the heat transfer process. What makes heat pumps so efficient is that they do not consume fuel to create heating and cooling energy. Rather, they transfer ambient heat into or out of your home. While this is the basis of operation for all heat pumps, there are a variety of styles that draw heat energy from various places.

Types of Heat Pumps

  • Air-Source Heat Pumps work best in warmer climates. While they will work just about anywhere, because they draw their heat source from the air their efficiency and effectiveness can be affected by freezing temperatures. This problem can be resolved by backing up your heat pump with an alternative heat source such as a gas furnace.
  • Absorption Heat Pumps work in much the same way as air-source heat pumps but are not powered by electricity. A heat source, including natural gas, propane or solar-heated water, is used instead. The main difference is that the evaporated ammonia used in both air-source and absorption heat pumps is absorbed into water rather than using a compressor to increase its pressure. A low power pump instead increases pressure, and the heat source then boils the ammonia out of the water.
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps draw heat from the ground or a body of water on your property. A loop system, either open or closed, is buried or submerged, and heat is absorbed for transfer to the heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps are more versatile than air-source models as they are not subject to temperature fluctuations. The ground retains much more consistent temperatures than the air.

Speak with a Nyack Heat Pump Specialist

This is some very basic information to introduce you to heat pumps. There are a lot of variations, installations methods and restrictions to consider before deciding if a heat pump is right for your Nyack home. It is important that you speak with a heat pump specialist, such as those at Design Air, to ensure that you get the right heat pump for your home. We’re happy to share our heat pump expertise with you.