Heat Pump Types | Alabama Power


Heat pump types



The most common type of electric heat pump, the air-source uses an outdoor unit to transfer heat between your house and the outside air.


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Geothermal heat pumps use the near-constant temperature of the earth for its heat source. This system uses special water piping and earth to transfer heat.


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Dual-fuel (piggyback)

If your home has a relatively new gas or propane furnace, the dual-fuel heat pump may be a better choice than simply replacing your old air conditioner.


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Advanced features in a heat pump


Continuous innovation is enhancing the performance of heat pumps. Here are a few advanced features to look for:

  1. Two-speed compressors: These compressors allow the heat pump to operate close to the heating or cooling capacity at any moment saving energy and reducing compressor wear.

  2. Variable-speed or dual-speed motors: Variable-speed fans attempt to keep air moving at a comfortable velocity, minimizing cooling drafts and maximizing energy savings.

  3. Desuperheater: The desuperheater recovers waste heat from the cooling mode and utilizes it to heat water. 


Did you know?

Heating and cooling is the largest energy expense for your home and can account for as much as 50 percent of your energy bill.


Heat pump over 10 years old?

It may be time for a new one. Based on the manufacturer’s suggested service life, the life expectancy for an average heat pump is 10 to 15 years.


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