Believe it or not, even in Phoenix, we need heating installation in our homes, and one excellent option to take into consideration is a heat pump. Heat pumps are pure physics at work, with you, the homeowner, benefiting from energy efficiency and increased home comfort.
Day & Night Air provides a full range of Phoenix heating services, including expertly performed heat pump installations.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Heat always travels from hotter regions or objects to cooler ones. To heat a home, warmth from the outside air is gathered in a refrigerant circulating in the heat pump, which then passes the heat to an inside coil and it is distributed throughout your Phoenix home. To cool, the system just reverses the direction of the refrigerant, gathering heat from inside your home to push outside.
This physics-friendly route permits heat pumps to be extremely energy efficient. Heat is not converted from one energy form to another (from, for example, chemical energy locked into natural gas) but is simply relocated. Heat moves into your home; heat moves out of your home. The latent heat in the enormous volume of outside air is usually more than enough to heat your home, even when outside temperatures drop down close to freezing (which they sometimes do in Phoenix).
Types of Heat Pumps
Two types of heat pumps are commonly found throughout the United States, but the one that Day & Night Air offers its customers are Air source heat pumps. These are by far the most common and usually the most energy-efficient. These heat pumps draw heat from the outside air, or push heat outside to cool.
Measuring Heat Pump Efficiency
Three yardsticks are commonly used to measure heat pumps:
1. SEER — Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the ratio of energy taken into a system against the cooling power it produces, over an entire cooling season; the higher the SEER, the more efficiently your system performs.
2. EER — Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is the ratio of output cooling energy measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) against the electrical input in Watt-hours (Wh); EER will tell you how efficiently a heat pump cools your space.
3. HSPF — Heating Seasonal Performance Factor specifically measures the efficiency of air source heat pumps. HSPF measures energy efficiency from the ratio of BTU heat output over the heating season to watt-hours of electricity used, and the higher the HSPF rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is.
When considering new heating installation, many Phoenix homeowners take a close look at both the traditional heat pump and heat pump split system installation. A mini-split system requires no ductwork, while the traditional heat pump need supply ducts and a return air duct.
To find out more about heat pumps, contact us at Day & Night Air today. We will be happy to answer all your questions and provide an estimate customized to your home.