When it comes to heating homes in the Kingston area, the use of heat pumps is probably one of the best-kept secrets. Widely used in Europe and Asia, a YORK heat pump draws heat from the air, and transfers it into your home. While at first thought, one might think there is little heat available from these sources in the dead of winter, but the reality is that a modern YORK heat pump system can draw enough heat to keep the average home warm even on the coldest day of winter, and with little need for back up heat. This is because YORK heat pumps do not rely on other energy forms, such as natural gas or propane, to provide heat. Given that, they can be tremendously energy efficient and economical to operate. Sure-Fire is a provider of sales, installation and service of air-to-air YORK heat pumps in Kingston and area.
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How do they work?
An air-to-air YORK heat pump looks and operates similar to a YORK air conditioner. It does this by taking heat from the outside air, which is extracted via a refrigeration cycle, and distributes it through ductwork into the home, just like a conventional furnace. The operation of a YORK heat pump is in many ways, similar to your household refrigerator. If you put your hand behind your refrigerator while it is operating, the back of the refrigerator is quite warm. This is because the unit’s refrigeration compressor extracts heat from inside the refrigerator. In its simplest form, a YORK heat pump pulls heat from the outside air, and discards it into your home. Most heat pumps have some form of back up heat for extra cold days when they cannot provide enough heat for your home, usually in the form of a natural gas, propane or electric furnace.
YORK heat pumps are rated for heating efficiency using a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) and cooling efficiency, which, is rated using a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Efficiencies have improved enormously in recent years, as today’s minimum heating efficiency is 6.7 HSPF and minimum cooling efficiency is 13 SEER. However, YORK units are available with heating efficiencies of up to 9 HSPF and a cooling efficiency of up to 16 SEER. YORK offers a wide variety of different sizes and efficiencies to fit your needs and your budget, so when its time to get comfortable, it’s a good time to install a new high efficiency YORK heat pump system. Choosing your local Kingston YORK dealer, Sure-Fire, gives you the professionalism in helping you choose your comfort system, as well as its installation and any service it may require in years to come.
Air-to–Air YORK Heat Pumps
Traditionally air-to-air heat pumps have been used in areas with warmer climates, such as the West Coast, because their heating capacity drops off substantially when outside temperatures drop below zero degrees. However, this is no longer the case. Advanced technology development has allowed some state of the art air source heat pumps to provide more than enough heat to keep a modern well insulated home comfortable at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, before the back up heat is required. As a result, YORK heat pumps are now being used as far north as the North West Territories. Like a YORK air conditioner, a YORK heat pump consists of an outside and an inside unit. Typically, they are powered by electricity. Add-on heat pumps as the name suggests, are designed to be used with another source of supplementary heat, such as a natural gas, propane or electric furnace.