What exactly is a Through The Wall Air Conditioner And Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are home appliances, like a freezer, mixer, or refrigerator. They cool or heat the atmosphere within homes. A heat pump delivers comfort to homeowners, the kind that is most often only experienced by those who visit 5-star hotels, high-rise office buildings, or executive apartments.
They provide a number services, such as heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and continuously filtering dust and impurities from the air. They also circulate the air (absent of the heating and cooling) and help to eliminate stuffy atmospheres. The typical heat pump consists of 2 units – Indoor and Outdoor. That’s how they got the name ‘split systems’. A majority of them even come with remote controls, making them even more convenient.
Our favorite through the wall air conditioner and heat pump is the Frigidaire FRA08EHT1 8,000 BTU Through-the-Wall Room Air Conditioner with 4,200 BTU Supplemental Heat (115 volts).
How do They Work?
Well, a refrigerator takes the heat from the food compartment, and transfers it to the coil located on the back. Just like the refrigerator operates, that process can be reversed in order to cause the heat to flow in the opposite direction. These pumps will transfer outside heat into the house during times of cold weather. Then in the summer months, they transfer the heat from the inside to the outside.
So How Can it Heat a Home During Winter When it is Freezing Cold Outside?
Home freezers are able to take their food compartment temperatures down to below 0. Actually, they can take them down to as low as 6 degrees Celsius. If they are able to remove the heat from inside a freezer that has a temperature of below 0, then they can reverse that process to extract heat even from cold air outside for warming the home. Our bodies may feel quite during these times of low temperatures, but plenty of heat energy still remains in the outside air when it is at a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
What Size Would My House Need?
Houses are as individual as their owners. The key to choosing the proper size pump for heating your house requires making a very accurate estimate of how much heat will need transferred into and out of your house during winter and summer. These estimates can be done by experienced, qualified, and highly trained professionals. A good example would be ‘Excel Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd.
What Factors Will Determine Which Pump Size I’ll Need?
Determining how much heating you’ll need depends on how much heat loss your walls, roof, and windows allow. It is always a good idea before purchasing a heat pump, to thoroughly insulate the roof and walls to minimize the heat loss. When you experience particularly colder climates, you can insulate your windows by double glazing them. This will help to keep your heat loss down to a minimum. When you do the insulation first, it will mean you can get by with a smaller size of heat pump, which results in cheaper bills and installment costs.
Another thing that factors into the mix, is the northern part of your home. Rooms facing North are able to catch sun better, which means requiring less heat. It is the opposite for rooms facing South.
Do These Pumps Need a Lot of Space?
The answer is ‘no’. These pumps are designed to be compact and non-obtrusive. They also have a neutral decor with a low noise level. You’ll find they come in various types, from the stylish ‘through the wall’ units to the broad range of ducted split systems. The ducted split system is the least obtrusive of them all. You can hide one of these under your floor or in the ceiling. The only thing that will be showing is the grill for distributing the air.
What Are The Costs Involved in Purchasing And Installing a Heat Pump?
Installation costs are unique to each home, depending on size. The purchase price depends on the size and type. An overall guide to heat pump installation costs is from $60 to $100/m2, plus the gst of the served area. A served area is defined as being the exact area being heated, excluding garages, laundries, toilets, and any other utility areas within the home.
The cost for heating your home will depend unit size and how much heat will be needed. As far as efficiency goes, they range between 200% and 300%. Heat pumps are roughly one third of electric heating costs, and half of what gas heating costs.
Heat pumps are reliable and easy for qualified technicians to repair. They do require maintenance and it is best to have this done right before the start of each extreme weather season.