Has the summer heat got you sweating? The most essential component of an energy-efficient home heating system isn’t the system itself, but how well your home uses its output.
Your first priority should be to seal leaks in the doors, windows, walls, and floors. Check the insulation, caulk, and weatherstripping around windows, doors, or other drafty spots. These small measures are worth the investment.
If you’re thinking of making a change to your home’s heating and cooling system, it pays to research your options.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps use sustainable heat emanating from the earth to make efficient heating for its inhabitants. Also known as a ground source heat pump, it works by gathering solar heat stored in the ground or water.
The refrigerant in the system condenses the heat, which warms home during cold seasons. Throughout the summer, it works by obtaining the heat from your home and expelling it to the ground through a reverse process.
Like all heat pumps, a ground source system collects heat that is already present. It doesn’t burn fossil fuel or use electric resistance heat like a space heater. Because temperatures remain much higher below the earth’s surface than in winter-time air, it is far easier to collect heat.
In summer, the cool earth or water receives heat much more readily than hot summer air. These temperature variations make geothermal much more efficient.
Mini Split Heat Pumps
A mini-split heat pump, also known as a ductless pump, is a system that relies on outside air. Meaning it gets heat from the air system located outside of your home and processes it for the cooled air.
It works in a way that is the contrary principle of a geothermal system. It includes an outdoor unit that can cater to as many as 8 indoor units. It utilizes a blower going to the indoor unit to disperse the heat-processed from its outdoor appliance.
These systems don’t create heat but instead, collect and move it with refrigerant. Secondly, they use inverter technology that adjusts heating and cooling capacity precisely, so there is no overheating or over-cooling.
No treated air is wasted by leaking from ducts since they are part of most systems. Finally, mini-split heat pumps require a minimal amount of electricity to run.
Standard Split Heat Pump System
A standard split heat pump system is the most affordable HVAC system in the market. It works by circulating the refrigerant through an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit handles the air cooling and heating of the house. Still, you can add a gas furnace if you need additional heat during the winter season.
Like other heat pump types, heat is gathered and moved from one place to another. Just a small quantity of power is needed to circulate the refrigerant that carries the heat. Inverter compressors in variable-capacity units make heat pumps even more efficient, and some new units can provide sufficient heat in temperatures well below freezing.
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