One of the greatest A/C myths is that air conditioners are only good for cooling purposes. New generation air conditioners, also known as Heat Pumps, busts the myth that air conditioners can only be used as a cooling solution. Read more to see how Heat Pumps can save you money!
1. How Heat Pumps work
New generation air conditioners are not only used for cooling purposes, but also for heating. Traditionally we would use electric heaters or heating that uses some form of fuel. As with the cooling process, the heat pump reverses the whole heat transporting process so that heat energy is transferred into a room, rather than out. Heat pumps are much more energy efficient than other form of heaters, making it up to 5 times more energy efficient than other heaters.
A heat pump extracts energy from the outdoor and transfers the heat indoors. Heat pumps continue to function even on very cold days with temperatures down to -5°C, -10°C or -15°C, depending on the type of system used.
2. Benefits of a Heat Pump System
Heat pumps offer numerous advantages as a heating solution. The same systems used to cool can also be used to heat, resulting in a lower initial investment and simplicity in operation and maintenance. Heat pumps also have an important advantage in the area of efficiency. Unlike fossil-fuel based heating systems, heat pumps extract available heat from the outside air. Heat pumps offer efficiency gains in the order of 3:1 and higher, compared to electrical heating. Thus for every unit of energy consumed by the heat pump, three or more units of heat are gained.
- Safer and cleaner than normal heating systems
- Provides constant temperature levels
- Does not dry out the air the way traditional heaters do by keeping the air humid
- Heat pumps are more efficient and cost less to run than electric heaters
- Heat pumps are used all year round (for cooling as well as heating needs), thereby lowering the initial purchase and installation costs (cost of purchase and installation divided by total number of hours used per year)