Facts about Heat Pumps

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The popularity of Heat Pumps has risen dramatically over recent years. This has not been purely for their high energy efficiency ratings but is also due to the numerous practical, convenient, and environmentally friendly benefits that ownership and installation can bring.


Heat Pumps can be used for Heating and Cooling

The most obvious benefit of a heat pump system is its ability to provide warmth. Heat pumps can very quickly increase the temperature of a room. BUT Heat Pumps can be used for cooling i.e. Air Conditioning. The “reverse cycle” in the full name of a heat pump refers to its ability to work backward. In addition to extracting heat energy from outside and bringing this in to your home, your heat pump also has the ability to extract heat from inside your home and transfer this outside (in exactly the same way as a fridge works).

Heat Pumps are very energy efficient
Heat Pumps are currently the most cost-effective form of heating using electricity and most good quality systems achieve average COP (Coefficient of Performance) figures of four or more. This means that to achieve four kilowatts of heating or cooling power, they use an average of less than one kilowatt of electricity.

Heat Pumps are convenient 
A heat pump enables you to increase or decrease the temperature of your room, or switch from heating to cooling in an instant and at the push of a button. Heat pumps can heat up or cool down a room within a few minutes, then, once the room reaches your preferred temperature, the heat pump will maintain that temperature for as long as you require it to. Many heat pumps come with programmable timers and even Bluetooth for connection to

Heat Pumps don't create smoke, ashes, moisture, or any waste material
There are no trips required outside in the cold and rain for wood or pellets or to the petrol station to fill up your gas bottle. When cooling or dehumidifying your home there is no need to empty the reservoir of water as your heat pump is plumbed in and has a permanent drain to the outside.

Heat Pumps are safe
Unlike gas heating or wood burners, there are no flames or hot surfaces that children or pets can touch and burn themselves on. They can also be safely left on while you’re out or asleep.

Heat Pumps improve air quality
Heat pumps don't create smoke or add any fumes to the air. Also, as your Heat Pump circulates the air in your room, the filters clean and purify the air removing dust, mold spores, odors, smoke, and other particles. They are excellent for people who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Heat Pumps add value $
As Heat Pumps become more popular, they are adding value to your home. A warm, dry, comfortable environment with the addition of air conditioning will always be first choice over a house without such sought-after benefits.

Heat Pumps are Eco-friendly
The combustion process of wood burners causes fumes, soot and smoke which provide a major burden on the environment in terms of its carbon emissions. As the Heat Pump does not burn anything at the heat energy source, there are no additional carbon emissions other than the small amount of electrical energy required to run the compressor. Heat Pumps are environmentally friendly – most new heat pumps use R410A refrigerant which does not harm the ozone layer if released and is also more energy-efficient.

Heat Pumps reduce condensation
During the summer, when you are using your heat pump for cooling, the room is automatically dehumidified as a function of the Heat Pump. As the warm air circulates through the unit moisture forms on the cold surface of the coil and then drains outside. During winter the heat pump prevents condensation from forming on cold surfaces such as windows by circulating warm air around the room similar to demisting a car windscreen on a cold morning.

About RISE Engineering

For the past 40 years, RISE Engineering has been helping restaurants, inns, and other hospitality businesses cut their energy usage and save money leading up to and during the busiest time of year. For eligible businesses, we offer a no-cost energy assessment and we can help you take advantage of utility-provided financial incentives for energy retrofit projects. Please contact us if you have any questions, or fill out our online form for a no-cost energy assessment.