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What Is an Air-Source Heat Pump and How Does it Work?
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What Is an Air-Source Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

Heat pumps are the new heating and cooling craze that’s sweeping the nation. They’re energy-efficient, pull double-duty as something that can manage your home’s temperature both ways, and are great for our environment. What’s not to love?

But just like with any HVAC appliance, a heat pump isn’t an investment to launch into blindly, as awesome as it is. That’s why the heat pump experts at Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are here to help. Below, we’ll dive into the intricacies of an air-source heat pump: what it is, what it does, and if it’s the right kind of heat pump for you.

But First: What Are Heat Pumps?

Before you learn where the “air-source” part of the equation comes in, you of course need to understand what heat pumps are in the first place for necessary context. We’ve written an entire heat pump contractor blog on the topic, but for now, here’s a crash course.

Heat pumps require a source of consistent temperature to operate. Usually, this is a natural source that stays relatively stable year after year, like the ground a certain level beneath the surface. Heat pumps use this source to “move heat around,” so to speak; whereas furnaces and air conditioners generate this heat, heat pumps don’t need to, making them remarkably energy-efficient, not to mention great for the environment.

What About Air-Source Heat Pumps?

A relatively new face on the heat pump scene, these heat pumps are on the cutting edge of HVAC technology. They work with the air temperatures outside to keep your home heated and cooled, much as their name implies.

This might seem to go against the fundamentals of a heat pump system in the first place! But air-source heat pumps still adhere to an inherent need for consistency. All air contains heat until it reaches a temperature of absolute 0; it’s on this principle that an air-source heat pump uses to do its job.

Is an Air-Source Heat Pump Right for Me?

In years past, this type of heat pump did have issues in colder climates, of which Minnesota is obviously one. However, the United States Department of Energy claims that “in recent years, air-source heat pump technology has advanced so that it now offers a legitimate space heating alternative in colder regions,” so this is no longer an issue. So if you’re looking for an energy-efficient, all-in-one heating and cooling solution, an air-source heat pump could very well be on your list of potential possibilities.

Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc: Top-Notch Anoka Heat Pump Installation Specialists

With our expertise in a variety of heat pump types, we’re your number-one provider of installation services in the area. If you’re looking to add a heat pump to your home’s HVAC arsenal, reach our Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.

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