What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps heat and cool indoor spaces by transferring heat. Heat pump systems utilize an air handling unit, which is installed indoors, as well as the heat pump unit, which is installed on the exterior of a home or building. These versatile systems can be used to heat and cool a space.
Geothermal heat pumps work with a ground loop to draw energy from below ground for heating, and they use the earth to deposit excess heat to cool a space. Air source heat pumps draw heat from the air outside, moving it indoors for heating; for cooling, the equipment pulls excess heat from inside, sending it outdoors.
Because a heat pump simply transfers heat rather than creates heat, these heating and AC systems offer higher efficiencies than traditional systems. They run on electricity, eliminating the need for expensive fossil fuels.