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How a Heat Pump works

An introduction to how a Heat Pump works.

Heat pump technology

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps are integral to an air conditioning system, transferring heat from one environment to another via a refrigerant. Heat pumps also offer a cost-effective heating solution – and air source heat pumps are recognised as a renewable heat technology.

In cooling mode, heat pumps work by transferring the heat from a room or internal space to the outside air, thus cooling the inside area. In reverse, heat pumps can extract latent heat from the outside air (even when the temperature outside is down to -20°C) and pump it inside to heat indoor spaces.

Efficiency of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps are around 300% efficient. This means that for every unit of energy used by the heat pump in operation, three or more units of heat are generated for use in a building.

As heat pumps work by extracting available heat from the outside air, they are far more efficient than even the most efficient fossil-fuel based heating systems. Heat pumps featuring Daikin’s inverter technology are particularly efficient for all kinds of indoor heating.

Using an integrated heat pump solution to both cool and heat a building can also mean a lower initial investment, as well as simpler operation and maintenance procedures.

Heat Pumps for Homes

Daikin has applied its heat pump expertise to create the Daikin Altherma range of domestic heating solutions. High temperature and low temperature options are available to suit all kinds of properties – new and old, large and small. Now Daikin Altherma Flex Type offers a unique new heat pump solution for apartment buildings and collective housing.

Heat Pumps for Commerce and Industry

Daikin’s commercial heat pump products include Daikin multis, VRVs and chillers, which offer highly efficient heating as well as cooling. Within industrial settings, heat pumps also deliver unparalleled process efficiency to meet the most exacting industrial heating and cooling requirements.