Heat pumps are an efficient and versatile way of controlling the temperature of a home. While they are not suitable for every situation, they provide immense benefits in the appropriate conditions.

Hence, the team at Service Plus would like you to everything there is about heat pumps.


What Are Heat Pumps?

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Heat pumps are heat transfer devices that extract heat from one area and move it to another using a refrigeration cycle. This process allows it to provide both heating and cooling in a single efficient system when needed.

Their versatility in heat transfer and energy efficiency make them a popular alternative to traditional heating systems. Combined with sustainable power sources, these heating devices become eco-friendly.


How Do They Work?


Heat pumps distribute heat to warm or cool areas through a refrigeration cycle. They transport heat from outside sources to interior regions of a building throughout the winter. In hotter weather, the process is reversed, and heat is carried from inside the structure outside.

A heat pump system consists of four essential parts; an external unit, an indoor unit, a compressor, and a refrigerant. The refrigerant, a chemical substance with the ability to absorb and release heat, is the key component in the process of transferring heat. 

A heat pump’s outdoor unit has a coil filled with cold refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air as it moves over the coil, which causes it to vaporize into a gas. The gas is subsequently compressed by the compressor, increasing both its temperature and pressure.

Once inside the heat pump’s indoor unit, the high-pressure, high-temperature gas travels over another coil filled with cool refrigerant. The refrigerant evaporates into a gas as the hot gas transfers heat to it as it passes over the coil. This process also releases warmth into the interior space. A fan or blower is then used to move the warm air throughout the room.

After all the heat is released, the resulting cool refrigerant flows back to the outside unit where the cycle starts all over again.


How Are Heat Pumps Different From Furnaces?


Even though they are both heating systems, heat pumps and furnaces differ from each other in very distinct ways.

Furnaces burn fuel, like oil, natural gas and propane, to generate heat and distribute said heat through ducts to warm interior spaces. Heat pumps, on the other hand, use electric power to transfer heat from one point to another.

Since they produce heat, furnaces are best for climates where temperatures are capable of dropping below freezing. Heat pumps are better suited to moderate climates since they don’t produce heat.

Furnaces are only capable of producing heat while heat pumps can warm or cool rooms depending on what the user needs. Hence heat pumps are the more versatile option.


What Are the Benefits of Heat Pumps?

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The unique mechanisms and versatility of these heating devices provide several benefits to users.

  1. Heat pumps are more energy efficient than other heating systems. Since they don’t produce heat they use significantly less energy, resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions and energy costs.
  2. Their ability to heat and cool buildings makes them a versatile solution for maintaining temperature levels all year round.
  3. They have longer lifespans and require less maintenance than other heating systems.
  4. Since these heating devices don’t produce emissions, they do not affect the air quality of a building


ServicePlus Heating and Cooling – Expert Heating, Ventilation & Cooling Services


Heat pumps are versatile and efficient devices that simultaneously provide heating and cooling solutions for residential and commercial spaces. While they aren’t the best in every situation, they are worthy considerations for those looking for durable and efficient heating and cooling solutions.

Please contact us if you are interested in heating device installations. ServicePlus Heating and Cooling offers cost-effective installation services that are quick and efficient. Our team is dedicated and experienced in handling installation all over Ottawa and the surrounding areas. With our help, you will be satisfied with your heating and cooling for as long as you need it.