Heat pump systems for homes

Heat pump systems for homes

We had to make so many decisions when we built our new construction home. I didn’t realize it at the time (having never built a home before), but perhaps our most important decision-making centered around the HVAC system. The trend in new construction these days is toward energy efficiency, and we were completely on board with that. And living where we do on the Delmarva peninsula…
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Whats a heat pump

Whats a heat pump

A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. The heat pump is not a new technology; it has been used in Canada and around the world for decades. Refrigerators and air conditioners are both common examples of this technology. Heat pumps transfer heat by circulating a substance called a refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation…
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Compressor heat pump

Compressor heat pump

Should I Buy a New, Off-Brand, or Refurbished Heat Pump Compressor? Pros of a new, equivalent compressor: No risk associated with using a different compressor The warranty of the entire heat pump may stay in place (as long as the other conditions are adhered to) Cons of a new, equivalent compressor: Typically is more expensive Pros of an off-brand/refurbished compressor:…
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House heat pump

House heat pump

Could you give me an explanation of how heat pumps work? — Anthony, Pearl River, NY A: Riichard Trethewey replies: A heat pump is an air conditioner in reverse. With an air conditioner, heat is extracted from the building as it is absorbed into refrigerant inside the fan unit in your basement or closet. The refrigerant then carries the heat to an outdoor unit where it is transferred…
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