When the weather starts to cool down it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to heat your business through the winter. Fuel-based heating systems and electrical heating systems can be costly to maintain and heat your business inefficiently. If you’re ready to upgrade to a heating solution that is more cost effective, then it’s time to consider heat pump installation.
There are two main types of heat pumps, air-source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. Both types work by using a small amount of energy to transfer heat from one place to another. This is usually done through tubes filled with a refrigerant. Essentially, the tubes absorb heat from either deep underground, or from the air outside and transfer it into the building and through the air ducts while forcing cold air out. The really incredible thing is that heat pumps can also cool a building by simply reversing the process. When set in reverse a heat pump takes heat from inside a building and forces it outside, which leaves the building nice and cool.
Heat pump installation varies in method and price depending on the type of heat pump being installed. An air-source heat pump is typically installed on the top of a building and costs significantly less to install than a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pump installation costs more because a significant portion of the heat pump is underground because it needs to reach deep in the earth to where temperatures are more stable. However maintenance costs on air-source heat pumps tend to be higher because they are exposed to the elements.
While heat pump installation can seem costly, it saves money in the long run. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy estimates that heat pumps can save businesses up to 40 percent on their utility bills. As an added benefit heat pumps are more environmentally friendly than other systems because they do not burn resources and use less energy to run.