Heat Pump Technology
What is a Heat Pump
Heat pumps are electrical appliances which extract heat from one area and move it to another. For example, a regular household fridge is a heat pump – it extracts heat from the inside to keep your food cool. Similarly, a heat pump for your home extracts outside air using an air source heat pump or ground source heat pump, using it to heat or cool your home. On top of this, it can provide you with hot water! An effective heat pump system depends on 3 core factors:
- A quality heat pump product correctly sized for the application
- A constant and adequate source of environmental energy
- A properly installed heat pump system
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat systems collect natural low-level heat from the ground, pond or lake. They do this by using a series of plastic pipes full of water and anti-freeze; this heat is then converted to usable heat energy by a ground source heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water.
Geo Climate Systems are partnered with WaterFurnace to provide you with premium heat pumps.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps use the hot air produced from the outside air, using it to heat water. This heated water will then circulate through underfloor heating or radiators, like hydronic heating. Heat pumps produce water that is a lower temperature (35-45 degrees) than a standard household boiler system. This makes underfloor heating from an air source heat pump the most commercially viable option.
An air-source heat pump has three main parts:
- The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the outside air
- The compressor pumps the refrigerant through the heat pump and compresses the gaseous refrigerant to the temperature needed
- The heat exchanger transfers the heat from the refrigerant to water
There are a number of different models on the market.
Please contact us to discuss your building needs.