Installing A Heat Pump With An Air Source
The soojuspumba paigaldus (heat pump installation) process is pretty straight forward. The installer will bring in an electrician to run a line from the electrical panel, then they’ll run another line from the water heater and furnace. The installer will also need to provide the plumbing for the water to be brought in to the unit. After that the installer will connect the water lines and hook them up to the water valve on the house. He or she will also install the gas line and hook it up to the natural gas valves on the house as well. From there the installer will connect the air handler to the ducts and supply registers. Then they’ll connect the condenser and evaporator coils to the air handler and supply register. Finally, the installer will test all connections with a multimeter. If everything works out, all systems are go!
Depending on the type of air source heat pump you’re installing, whether your system will include mini splits or a central packaged system, and whether your system is ducted or ductless, the installation process for air source heat pumps in your building will vary. The following information and advice about the procedure were compiled with the assistance of some homeowners who had recently installed air source heat pumps in their homes.
In this article I’m going to give you some more information about the different types of heat pumps available today. I’ve included a list below of what type of system would work best for your home’s needs.
Types of Heat Pumps Available Today
There are several different ways that heat pumps can be installed. Each type has its own pros and cons so you should consider the following factors when deciding which option would work best for your home.
- Ground Mounted Air Conditioner
This type of unit is very common and is typically used in areas where ground frost is not a problem. The unit will usually mount on top of the house with the condenser coil sitting on the roof. This gives it the ability to cool the entire house but will only be able to use half the cooling capacity of other options. It is ideal for houses with a large attic space and no second story.
- Rooftop Unit
This option is similar to the ground mounted unit except that the condenser coil sits on the roof. While it does have the ability to cool the entire house, it is restricted by the same issues as the ground mounted units, in that it cannot easily use the second floor unless you’re willing to pay for a larger unit. Rooftop units are great for homes with large second floors and large attics or crawl spaces.
- Attic Wall Unit
An attic wall unit is a good option if you don’t want a huge hole in the ceiling. These units are mounted inside the attic and connect into the existing vents. They work much like a regular forced air furnace, except that the unit uses a refrigerant instead of firewood. Attic wall units are ideal for older homes with limited attic space.
- Split System
Split system heat pumps come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. A split system is a good option for single family homes because it allows you to control each room individually. You can set the temperature independently for every room in your home. You are able to choose if you want to heat the rooms in the morning or evening. This is especially nice if you live in a cold climate and only need heat during winter months.
Multi zone heat pumps are great for apartment complexes or large homes that need to keep individual areas at different temperatures. They are also great for homes where you need to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the year.
- Forced Air Furnace
This is one of my personal favorite options and is probably the most efficient way to get rid of excess heat in your home. Like the split system, you can set the temperature for each room independently so you can decide how long you want to heat or cool a particular area. Unlike the split system, you won’t have to run your furnace multiple times throughout the day. Since it uses a fan to circulate warm air through the house, it tends to be quieter than the other options.
- Natural Gas Heat Pump
Natural gas heat pumps are often called “heat pumps” even though technically they aren’t heat pumps. Most people prefer the term “heat pump” since it makes it seem like the unit actually has a compressor attached to it. It is just a fancy name for a heat pump that uses natural gas instead of electricity. These units are great for homes that require high levels of efficiency. They can cost a bit more than traditional heat pumps, but are worth it in terms of energy savings.
- Electric Heat Pump
Electric heat pumps are a little bit less expensive and are usually the least efficient option out there. They are great for places that experience wide swings in temperature throughout the year such as coastal cities or areas that have mild winters and hot summers.
If you are looking to save energy and money on your monthly heating bill, you may want to consider installing a heat pump. There are many different options available today, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each. Knowing these details will help you make an informed decision on which option is right for you.
One thing to remember is that when considering any option for your home’s comfort level, you always want to ask yourself two questions: Is it reliable? And is it efficient? When choosing a new HVAC system, reliability is number 1. Efficiency is number 2. In fact, reliability is number one for me and one of my biggest concerns with any home improvement project. I know that I am going to get my money’s worth by investing in a reliable machine. That said, I realize that the quality of the product isn’t always directly related to the price tag. Sometimes you have to spend more money on your investment in order to achieve higher levels of efficiency.
In closing, I hope that you found this informative. I encourage you to do your homework before making any decisions about your home’s comfort level. Good luck!