Commercial Heat Pumps

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Commercial Heat Pumps

Commercial Heat Pumps

Despite their name, heat pumps do a lot more than heating. They also provide air conditioning and humidity control. During the heating season, a heat pump moves heat from the cool outdoors into your building space; then during the cooling season, it transfers heat from your building space to the warm outdoors. Heat pumps move heat rather than generate it, so they can heat and cool for significantly less cost than other systems, such as furnaces and boilers.

Types of Heat Pumps

There are three main types of heat pumps—air source, split system ductless, and geothermal. All heat pump systems should be installed by a professional heating and cooling technician who can determine the proper size and right product for your building needs.        

1. Air-Source Heat Pumps

Air-source systems are the most commonly installed heat pumps. They have two parts: an indoor unit (air handler) and an outdoor unit (heat pump). A refrigerant, which circulates between the two units through tubing, absorbs and releases heat as it moves back and forth.

2. Split-Ductless Heat Pumps

Split-ductless heat pumps have two units: an outdoor compressor/condenser and indoor air handlers/wall mounted unit. The quiet indoor units are installed on a wall or  ceiling, and are operated by  remote control or hard wired thermostat. Also called mini splits, these systems circulate refrigerant through tubing that connects the indoor and outdoor units.

3. Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps (also called ground and water source) move heat through a series of pipes buried vertically or horizontally in loops outdoors. The pipes contain a water solution, which is warmed by the constant temperature of the ground, pond or well, and is circulated into and out of your building space.