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Heat pumps have the advantage of providing both heating and cooling from a single unit, which eliminates the need for a dual fuel source. In the heating mode, heat pumps have a distinct environmental advantage over furnaces since thermal energy is transferred rather than created by burning fossil fuel. Heat pumps are particularly well-suited for climates with relatively mild winters like Birmingham, Alabama.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?Air conditioners and heat pumps are both based on the principles of the refrigeration cycle. However, a heat pump incorporates a device known as a “reversing valve,” which changes the refrigerant flow depending on the thermostat mode. When cooling your home, a heat pump works exactly like an air conditioner. In the heating mode, heat energy is extracted from the outdoor air and drawn into the living area. Efficiency falls dramatically in cold weather since there is less available heat in a given volume of air.
Purchasing and Installing a Heat PumpIn new construction and replacement applications, it is important to choose a heat pump that will meet your performance and budget expectations. A successful heat pump installation always includes the following elements:
- Load Calculations: Choose a dealer who runs complete load calculations before establishing the capacity of the equipment. At One Source Heating and Cooling, all of the heat pump systems we install conform to ACCA Manual J standards.
- Duct Inspection: While often overlooked, a properly sized and sealed duct system is essential to maximize the performance of your heat pump. Always check to make sure your HVAC contractor has verified the integrity of your air distribution system before installing new equipment.
- Testing: No heat pump system installation should be completed until it is properly tested, and the registers have been air balanced. Performance testing ensures that your new system will deliver the comfort and efficiency promised by the equipment manufacturer.