With summer just around the corner, it is time to think about temperature control and how to keep your family comfortable. Thankfully, there are many ways that you can cool your home including the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system and Heat pumps in Gainesville VA. A heat pump is an energy efficient means of transferring heat from one space to another. During winter you can use a heat pump to transfer the ambient heat from the ground or outdoors into the home and during the summer it can be reversed to move the hot air from inside the home to the outdoors.

All refrigerating units are basically a heat pump, but the class known as a ‘heat pump’ uses a small amount of refrigerant to collect heat and transfer it from one space to another. This may sound like an air conditioner, but the mechanics are different. An AC pushes compressed refrigerant through an evaporator coil which collects heat. This collection process chills the coil and a blower forces air through the cooled coil and into the treated space. A heat pump circulates air into the system and collects heat from that air, but as far as the heat pump is concerned, it doesn’t matter which direction the air is coming from. A heat pump can accumulate the heat from an indoor space, a ground loop or air outside the home.

There are three types of Heat pumps. They are known as Air-Source, Ground-Source, and Absorption heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps use a series of coils to collect the heat. They are probably the most common heat pump in use. The ground-source heat pump works by collecting or transferring heat to or from the earth or an underground water source. It does this with a series of pipes that can contain water or a refrigerant. These pipe systems may be open or closed depending on the type of unit in use. Absorption-source heat pumps are typically used in large-scale systems. They use an energy source other than electricity such as natural gas, propane, solar energy or geothermal-heated water. These systems work by absorbing ammonia into water, and boiling it out again. To learn more, visit website of Woody’s Sudden Service Heating and Cooling.