This post is the eighteenth in a multi part series on swamp cooler maintenance, repair, and replacement options like a heat pump. If you haven’t read the previous parts, I recommend you do before continuing. Advantages of heat pumps (continued) They produce milder temperatures than a furnace – Many homes are not very well insulated. For the coldest days of winter, this means we need a huge furnace capacity to heat them. Unfortunately, this also results in huge temperature swings […]

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This post is the seventeenth in a multi part series on swamp cooler maintenance, repair, and replacement options like a heat pump. If you haven’t read the previous parts, I recommend you do before continuing. How do heat pumps work? (continued) This allows heat pumps to remove heat from the inside of your home and deposit it outside during summer, and reverse the process for winter, drawing heat from the outside air and depositing it in your home. Unfortunately, in […]

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This post is the third of a three part series on the future of the heat pump. If you haven’t already read parts 1 and 2, I recommend you do before continuing. Why are heat pumps more efficient than traditional heat and AC systems? (continued) A traditional heating or cooling system brings in outside air, then either burns gas or uses electricity to bring that air up or down to the temperature we want it at. Instead of consuming resources […]

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This post is the second of a three part series on the future of the heat pump. If you haven’t already read part 1, I recommend you do before continuing. How does a heat pump work? (continued) This type of heat pump – one that uses the ground outside your home as the heat sink – is known as a geothermal heat pump. Depending on the climate, either water or antifreeze is used in the exterior coil. On the interior […]

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History of the heat pump Before we dive into the future of the heat pump, let’s learn a bit about its history. Did you know that the technology behind modern heat pumps was invented in 1748? Even though heat pumps can’t hold a candle to evaporative cooling, which was first used by the ancient Egyptians around 3000 years ago, they have still been around a surprisingly long time. However, the first practical heat pump design wasn’t perfected until around 100 […]

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What is a heat pump? A heat pump is simply a device that absorbs heat from one environment and deposits it in another. A refrigerator is a common example of heat pump technology — heat is absorbed from the inside of your fridge and deposited into the air of your kitchen. However, heat pumps for residential use are different in an important way from what you’ll find in your fridge — they’re reversible. This means they can be used to […]

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