I know this blog is primarily focused on cooling the space your occupying during hot weather, but there is a related topic which is the exact opposite, of keeping warm when it’s cold outside. One of the more efficient ways of doing this is by making use of a heat pump.
I bet you’re wondering what this magical sounding form of heating might be. Sure, I’ll tell you and explain it a little so you know pretty much what I know.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a method of obtaining warmth from the surroundings using an exchange of temperature. It works in principle a bit like a refrigerator, just in reverse.
Instead of utilizing the cold to cool a space, it utilizes the heat in the air or solids and moves it to the space you need it. The system consists of two separate parts: These are an outdoor unit and an indoor unit.
The heat pump’s outdoor unit does the job of extracting heat from the air and then sends it into the home or building to be heated where the indoor unit does the job of distributing the heat. The system is designed to work all year round, even though there is still enough natural warmth in the air for the heat pump to exploit.
On the other hand, the heat pump’s functionality can actually be reversed. That way, it can act as an air conditioner to keep you cool, now doing the job of delivering cool air into the building during the hot summer months.
When a Heater Becomes a Cooler
Air conditioning of course as you probably already know is designed to provide both cooling and the de-humidification of the air in a room or indoor space.
Our human desire to reduce the temperature of the air to comfortable levels goes way back in history. Did you know that the ancient Romans had a cooling system for their buildings that allowed the water to run down the inside channels of the walls. This action provided a cooler temperature in the rooms during the warm times of the year.
Since those times, the development of air cooling and heating systems and devices as we know them has been rapid. It’s very common today to have access to the latest, up to the minute technology built into our indoor climate control devices.
There is not much better kind of heating or cooling solution. It is possible to get modern systems with a whole host of top features for our comfort.
These include cooling, heating, dehumidifying, air circulation and ventilation, purification of the air and all achieved with a relatively low noise level so as not to be intrusive.
Heat Pump Economy
The compressor in modern systems consumes power. However, when compared to conventional electric heaters, is typically able to produce as much as 5 times as much heat.
Another way of saying it is this method of heating provides us with a very energy-friendly heat (and cooling) source that has the added bonus of helping to reduce CO2 emissions, all the while saving you, the consumer, money!