A Basic Guide To Heat Pump Shopping

August 17, 2016

At Brody-Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning, we have a large selection of heat pumps. However, we find that many clients don’t understand what they are or how they work. Here’s our brief guide to heat pumps and their benefits.

Learn About Heat Pumps: 101

Households in moderate climates such as Los Angeles benefit greatly from heat pumps. Contrary to what the name suggests, these units manage heating and cooling inside a home. Pumps function similarly to a refrigerator, using electricity to move hot air out of the house in summer and into the home in winter.

Heat pumps don’t actively generate air—they relocate it. This cuts down on energy expenditures and reduces costs by as much as 75% compared to traditional heating and cooling methods. Furnaces and air conditioners are significantly less energy-efficient than pump units.

There are three major kinds of air pumps, each of which is ideal for different locations.

Choose The Pump That’s Best for You

The primary forms of heat pumps are air source, ground source, and water source. Each moves hot air in and out of the stated location (air, ground, or water) to manage your home’s temperature.

  • Air-source heat pumps have indoor and outdoor components that work together to transfer air. During the summer, fans within the inside portion of your pump pull hot air out of the home and relocate it outside. The void is then filled with cooler air. Come winter, this process is reversed to pull warm air into your house.
  • Ground-source heat pumps work similarly to air-source units. The primary difference is that warm air is pulled from (or distributed to) the soil rather than the atmosphere. A unit that works with the ground tends to be very energy-efficient because soil below the surface maintains a more regular temperature than air does. Less energy is therefore needed to cool a home. Your heating and air conditioning professional will survey the soil on your property to ensure that conditions are appropriate for this type of heat pump.
  • The final category of heat pump is water source. Heat is moved in and out of nearby water sources, providing the same efficiency as ground-source options. However, these units need access to underground water sources.

Contact Your Heating And Air Professional

Our award-winning experts at Brody-Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning can help you navigate the transition to heat pumps. We take every factor into account to select the most effective, energy-efficient, money-saving unit for your home. Our team prides itself on laying out upfront costs and long-term gains before starting any new installation. If you’re considering a heat pump or are interested in reducing energy consumption in your home, contact us; we’re here to help!


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Brody Pennell

Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning is the committed to helping homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area experience total home comfort. In 2021, the readers of the Los Angeles Times voted Brody Pennell the Best HVAC Company in the area.

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