Six Surprising Facts about Heat Pumps

We all know that heat pumps keep us warm in winter and cool in summer – but there’s a lot more to them that this. Read on and discover six things you probably didn’t know about heat pumps.

Heat pumps don’t create heat

If you thought that heat pumps generated heat, you’re wrong! Rather than creating heat, they transfer it from one place to another. In summer, they work like an air conditioner, moving warm air outside the house; in winter, they extract warm air from outside and bring it in.

You might be wondering how exactly heat pumps find warm air in the middle of winter, which brings us to our next point…

They can find heat almost anywhere, anytime

Heat pumps are like magicians, finding latent heat in the ground, air or water even when the outdoor temperatures plummet. They do this by compressing gas in a similar manner to the inner workings of a fridge. That’s how they can transfer heat in temperatures as low as -25 degrees C!

Heat pumps are a green choice

Unlike woodfire burners which create a lot of greenhouse gases as they chew through the wood, or like plug-in heaters that require a lot of power, heat pumps are both energy efficient and clean, making them among the most environmentally friendly ways to heat your home.

They help with moisture and humidity

Keeping your house warm is only half the battle in winter: a dry house is just as important. Humidity is a big problem in the coastal conditions of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, and excess moisture contributes to dampness and mould. Heat pumps dry your house of excess moisture, making for a healthier, more comfortable home.

They last for a long time

If you’re considering investing in a heat pump, you’ll be pleased to know that they stand the test of time. When well-maintained, the average Mitsubishi heat pump will last upwards of 15 years, making them a worthy investment. Heat pumps also have few moving parts, which makes them easy to maintain and contributes to their long shelf life.

There’s more than one heat pump option

Single room or multi-zone. Hi wall or floor console. WIFI operated controllers. White, black or red units. People often have a limited view of heat pumps, but the reality is there are many different options to suit all sorts of lifestyles and houses. Whether you want to come home to a comfortable house, keep the bedrooms toasty or just warm up the lounge, there’s a heat pump perfect for you.

It’s April now – it’s only getting colder from here on out! If you want to install a quality heat pump in your Bay of Plenty home, get in touch with BOP Heat Pumps today.