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Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Heating and Air Conditioning |

Things to Know Before Installing Heat Pumps

Things to Know Before Installing Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are electro-mechanical machines that are mainly used to regulate temperature inside houses or indoor structures. However, contrary to the name ‘heat pump’, these machines are generally used to provide heating as well as ‘cooling effect’ in homes, offices, restaurants, as well as in other commercial areas. During summer months, these devices act as air conditioners by keeping the room temperature lower than the outside temperature, while during winter they act just the opposite, by working as room heaters!

Basically, the function of heat pumps is to transfer warmth from one place to another. The work is done with the help of mechanical pumps fitted inside these machines. Similarly, pumps are also used in devices such as freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. The main purpose of using mechanical pumps is to compress and then decompress coolant gases with the aim of lowering or raising the room temperature, as desired. The efficacy of heat pumps depend on the Coefficient of Performance (COP). This is actually a ratio which is generally used to measure the efficiency of appliances like air conditioners and other types of heating and cooling devices.

Heat pumps are broadly classified under three types depending on the heat source. These are

  • Air Source pumps, which extracts heat from the outside air.
  • Ground Source pumps, which draws heat from the ground.
  • Water Source pumps, that consider water as its chief source for drawing heat.

It is to be noted in this context that the source of heat for these machines entirely depends on the weather. Pumps which use air as its chief source for drawing heat are better suited for places with mild weather conditions. Similarly, ground source heat pumps are installed in places experiencing extreme weather conditions. These two types are widely used and are easy to maintain, and are cost effective as well!

The task of selecting the right type of heat pump is not an easy one! Buyers need to consider its efficiency, in terms of electricity consumption, while making a purchase decision. The structure and the size of house need to be considered as well before buying heat pumps.Sussex county residents have a lot of options when it comes to selecting such appliances to fulfill their domestic or commercial requirements. There are several dealers and contractors who offer heat pump installation, supply, servicing and repair services to residents of Sussex and the surrounding areas. However, prior to purchase it is better to check the credentials of the company.


Heat Pumps Sussex – While selecting experts who are proficient in conducting proper installation and maintenance of heat pumps, Sussex residents need not look elsewhere! There’s AAC Southern Ltd offering the best air conditioning solutions for domestic and commercial purposes.