Heat pumps are ingenious

I think one of the most ingenious modern inventions is the electric heat pump.

I’d never even heard of this type of temperature control until I moved down south. I wasn’t aware that a single piece of equipment could provide whole-home heating and cooling. An electric air-source heat pump eliminates the need to burn fossil fuels by simply moving existing heat from one location to another. Because it doesn’t create heat, there is no combustion process, eliminating the dangers of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and formaldehyde. There’s also no greenhouse gas emissions, making heat pumps very environmentally friendly. The system uses refrigerant to convey heat energy. Much like a refrigerator or an air conditioner, it pulls heat out of the air and transports it. During the summer months, the heat pump extracts heat from inside the home and pumps it outdoors to create a cooling effect. When the outside temperature drops, the heat pump literally reverses its operation. Even when the weather is cold, there’s ambient heat available in the outside air. The heat pump makes use of this heat, compressing it to a higher temperature and delivering it inside. The process is extremely safe and clean. There’s no humes, hot surfaces or influx of contaminants. Utilizing something called adaptable speed technology, modern heat pumps are able to adjust speed in tiny one percent increments between forty and one hundred percent capacity. The system runs at the exact speed necessary to maintain very even and ideal comfort. It avoids temperature fluctuations and minimizes energy consumption to achieve impressive efficiency ratings. The only drawback of a heat pump is that they struggle to provide sufficient heat when the temperature falls below freezing. However, newer models are more powerful than ever and where I live, that’s not a problem.

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