Heat Pumps 101, How Do Heat Pumps Work?

When it comes to heating and cooling your home or place of business there are many options out there that can get somewhat confusing if you are not familiar with the technology. We are often asked about the growing popularity of heat pumps, their advantages, and how heat pumps work in a variety of situations. Here is a quick heat pump cheat sheet to help our customers and those looking for alternatives for heating and cooling.

A heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Heat pumps are typically used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home or office building, but they can be reversed to cool a building. If you have a hot tub or swimming pool, you may already have a heat pump and understand a little about how it works. A simple analogy is that, like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. (Source- Department of Energy) Because heat pumps move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.