As the years go by, more and more people are investing in heat pump technology. One of the biggest questions that people have about geothermal heat pumps is if they will heat and air condition their homes. The simple answer is yes, they will do both.
What Does a Heat Pump Do?
It’s easiest to think about heat pumps as a heat transfer system. In the winter months, your heat pump will bring heat from outdoors into your home. In the summertime, your heat pump will transfer heat from inside your home to the outdoors. Therefore, providing a cooling effect inside your home.
A heat pump transfers heat via a substance called refrigerant. This substance starts as a liquid. When it comes into contact with heat, it will absorb the heat and turn into a gas. Once the gas is piped to the appropriate location, the refrigerant will release its heat. Then, it will turn back into a liquid, and the process will start all over again.
What Does Geothermal Mean?
There are two different types of heat pumps that you can purchase for your home. These include the geothermal heat pump and the air source heat pump. The main difference between the two is where they extract heat from. Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outdoors, while geothermal heat pumps will extract heat from the soil.
While there’s no denying the fact that geothermal heat pumps are much costlier and more complex to have installed at your home, they are more energy efficient, and they work in colder climates where air-source heat pumps may struggle. If you’re considering investing in a geothermal heat pump, realize that it will take care of both adequately cooling and heating your home.
Expert Geothermal Services
General Sheet Metal, Inc. offers expert geothermal services for the entire Kalispell, MT and surrounding regions. We can also help with all of your heating, cooling, sheet metal fabrication, indoor air quality, ductwork fabrication, new countertop installation, and smart thermostat needs. Simply give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment.