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2 Heat Pump Options Chicagoland Homeowners May Choose From

Posted on: December 31, 2013

If you’re considering a new HVAC system, it’s worth considering heat pump options. Heat pumps are one of the most efficient ways to condition homes, since they extract heat rather than creating it with a fuel. Two of the types available include air-source and absorption systems.

Air-Source Heat Pumps 

An air-source system uses the air as the medium for heat transfer. In the summer, the system removes the heat from your home using refrigerant, and in the winter, the system reverses the heat flow and harvests it from the outside air. They heat efficiently until temperatures fall into the low 30s, at which time the pump has a more difficult time harvesting adequate heat. However, upgraded systems that use a scroll compressor can produce up to 15 degrees warmer air, making them a viable option for our climate.

Absorption Heat Pumps

These are commonly found in commercial buildings, but are available for large homes. They use ammonia as the medium for heat transfer and can be fueled by natural gas or solar energy.

To learn more about heat pump options in the Chicagoland region, contact Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical today.

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