Answers to the Five Most Common Heat Pump Questions

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When shopping for a heating or cooling mechanism in your home, it’s easy to get confused by all the options and fancy names. To us, it’s a simple choice—heat pumps are ideal for Victoria homes. But for those new to the industry, we’ve compiled the five most common heat pump questions to help you make your decision.

What is the purpose of a heat pump?

A heat pump serves to either warm up or cool a space. It works as both an air-conditioner and a heater in one— providing filtered air-conditioning in the summer and consistent heat in the winter.

How exactly does it work?

In basic terms, a heat pump transfers heat from one source to a ‘heat sink’. Through the process, thermal energy is moving from a cold space to a warmer one.

A heat pump can refer to any HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) device since it both cools and heats up spaces. To cool space, heat is pulled from the room and released into the surrounding environment. To heat a space, the heat pump goes through the same refrigeration-type cycle, but in the opposite direction. Heat is released into the space rather than the surrounding environment.

When a heat pump is installed in your home, heat will be pulled from outdoors to warm your rooms during the winter and then released into the outdoors to cool the house in the summer.

Is a heat pump better than an air conditioner?

This all depends on where you live. For residents of Victoria, where the climate changes year-round, a heat pump is the better option since it both heats and cools efficiently. For those cold winters, heat transfer generally uses less electricity than heat creation, meaning a smaller electricity bill for you and less impact on the environment. Win, win.

Is a heat pump environmentally friendly?

If installed and run correctly, heat pumps are highly efficient. The main reason for this is that the heat pump does not create heat, it simply moves heat.

Heat pumps can be powered by a wide range of energy sources—from solar to electrical to geothermal.

More so, heat pumps don’t emit poisonous gases such as carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

What size is right for me?

This all depends on your specific needs. When a Coastal Heat Pumps professional comes to your home, they will measure the space and perform calculations to determine your needs.

Coastal Heat Pumps is an independent contractor, meaning we install and service models from a variety of brands. We will advise you on the right choice for your space. Our company also offers heat pumps for varying budgets, so our employees will take all factors into consideration when deciding on the right heat pump for you.

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