Water source heat pumps are becoming more common throughout Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. At H & H Commercial Services, our technicians are proud to install, repair, and maintain these units. However, we also get a lot of questions about water source heat pumps, and those questions are often related to misconceptions people hold about this type of heating unit. As a commercial heating and cooling company, we’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a few of those misconceptions.

Misconception #1: Heat pumps are expensive to operate.

If you’ve been avoiding having a water source heat pump installed because you don’t want your heating costs to rise, think again! These units are actually very energy efficient. Instead of burning fuel to generate heat, they just move heat. More specifically, they move heat from below ground, into your building. Business owners usually report a dramatic reduction in heating costs once they switch to a geothermal heat pump.

Misconception #2: Heat pumps won’t work when the ground freezes.

Your heat pump will continue to work even when it’s zero degrees outside – for days on end! The water circulation coils for the heat pump system are installed a few feet below ground. Here, temperatures stay fairly even year-round, even in the dead of winter. You may not want a heat pump in Antarctica, but if you’re in the northeast U.S., you’re good to go.

Misconception #3: Heat pumps leak too much.

It is possible for a geothermal heat pump system to spring a leak, but this is not something that happens on a regular basis as long as the system is maintained properly. Sign up for a commercial HVAC maintenance contract with H & H, and we’ll catch any minor problems long before they lead to leaks. Furthermore, on the rare occasion that a system does leak, the leak will often happen outside and not in your home.

Misconception #4: Heat pumps can only heat buildings.

One of the best things about geothermal heat pumps is that they can be used to both heat and cool your building! In the summer, you can reverse the direction of the loop. The water will collect heat from your home and discharge that heat below ground. Choosing a water source heat pump over a furnace and air conditioner combination will mean less equipment to maintain and replace. You may also find that your geothermal heat pump takes up less space than alternatives.

Hopefully this article has cleared up some misconceptions you held about water source heat pumps. If you’d like to learn more about these units or get a quote for having one installed in your building, contact H & H. We offer heat pump installation, commercial heating repair, and so much more.