5 Key Facts You Should Know About Heat Pumps - Dispatch Weekly

February 22, 2022 - Reading time: 6 minutes

Have you considered using a heat pump for your home heating needs, but are not sure where to begin? There are a lot of things to consider, so it is worth figuring out all the details before making your decision. Whether you’re looking to save money or make a smarter investment, it pays to know how heat pumps work and what they’re capable of. Here are 5 key facts that you should know about these efficient systems and how they might just be the perfect solution for your home.

What are heat pumps?

Heat pumps are a type of refrigeration that extract heat from outside air and transfer it indoors. They are also known as “reverse-cycle” or “heat pump hot water.” Heat pumps operate by moving heat to a desired location, rather than the more common method of moving heat out of the building. A heat pump is a device that uses a mechanical process to move heat from one location to another. They do this by transferring heat energy from a cool area to a warmer area, and vice versa. Heat pumps can be used in any climate but they are most effective in colder climates because they use what would otherwise be wasted energy.

How do they work?

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from a colder area to a warmer area. Heat is transferred from the refrigerant to the indoor coil, with an electric fan blowing air across it. This creates warm air that’s pushed into the home or office through ducts and registers for use. A heat pump comprises of an electric condenser and a gas or oil furnace. The compressor draws in outside air and circulates it through the condenser coil, where it is cooled by refrigerant. Then this cool air is pumped into your home via ducts, warming up as it passes through the house.

Types of heat pumps

If you’re considering a heat pump for your home, there are two types of devices to choose from: air-source and ground-source. Air-source heat pumps typically use cooling coils in the evaporator to pull heat from the surrounding area and move it indoors through a duct system. Ground-source heat pumps use geothermal power technology to extract heat from the ground.

Why use a heat pump?

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another. What makes a heat pump different from a furnace or an air conditioner is that the heat it produces can make homes comfortable in cold climates. It does this by using electricity to move heat from the outside air and either release it indoors or transfer it somewhere else outside. Air-source heat pumps also produce water as a byproduct, which can be used for irrigation or other purposes.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a heat pump

One of the biggest advantages that heat pumps have over other systems is their ability to work much more efficiently in cold climates where heating systems are usually inefficient. They also make it possible to save money by turning off your heating system when you’re not home, or in a room that doesn’t need heated. On the other hand, one of the disadvantages is their inability to operate in humid places like a bathroom because they need dry air. Heat pumps are a great energy-efficient way to warm up your home and save money on your energy bill.

Despite the many benefits of using a heat pump, there are also some disadvantages. The most common problem is that air conditioners will not work properly with a heat pump. As well, in the winter, homeowners may have to turn off the heat while they’re away from home to avoid overworking their system.

With what should a heat pump be used?

A heat pump is an air conditioner and a heater, which means that you can use it in both hot and cold weather. It is also possible to use a heat pump as simply an air conditioner during the summer or winter. It has efficiencies of over 300% when used as an air conditioner, meaning that it’s like using 3 air conditioners at once. A heat pump can be used to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. However, this isn’t always enough. When you install a heat pump, consider adding insulation, storm windows, and doors to make the most of the pump’s capabilities.

According to octopus energy, they can turn 1kWh electricity into up to 4kWh of heat – that’s 4x more than even the most efficient gas, electric or oil boilers!


Finally, heat pumps are an environmentally friendly option because they don’t produce any carbon dioxide. They also use less power than conventional heating and air conditioning units. Plus, they’re very high in efficiency – especially compared to a standard gas furnace.

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