Water-Source Heat Pumps

Did you know that, according to the United States Energy Department, geothermal heat pumps (ground-source or water-source) are considered to be more efficient and rank high in customer satisfaction? You may have seen this simply designed heating and cooling system in use in large condominium buildings in cities like Aventura, but this type of system is also ideal for use in apartment buildings, offices and commercial buildings, schools, and hospitals. For any property owner considering a cost-effective, efficient, and long-lasting system, a water-source heat pump is a great option.

How does a water-source heat pump work?

Water-Source-Heat-Pump-Diagram-CoolingWater-source heat pumps can work in a few different ways and the best option for each installation can depend on a variety of factors, including costs, soil conditions, and the size of the land. In South Florida, where cooling is much more important than heating, a type of hybrid system is commonly used that involves a cooling tower. A building with a cooling tower will have an indoor air handler (minimum of one) connected to the plumbing of the building via water valves and metal braided hoses. Cold water goes down into the unit and hot water goes back into the tower to get cooled again. Other water-source heat pumps work through closed-loop systems that cycle water through a system of pipes set up horizontally, vertically, or directly from a nearby water source. Additionally, there are open-loop systems that work with clean surface water.

What are the pros and cons?

The initial cost of installing a water-source heat pump can be expensive, especially in comparison to other air cooling systems. However, buildings with a water-source heat pump installed experience much higher energy cost savings. Operating expenses for this type of system are much lower, which means a lower utility bill. The main reason for such low operation costs is because water-source heat pumps are better at balancing energy needs; these systems make use of otherwise wasted energy by finding use for them elsewhere in a building. This system also allows for heating and cooling of individual spaces (ideal for residential buildings), are easy to operate, and operate quietly.

How can we help?

If you’d like further information on water-source heat pumps and how they can help you save money in the long run, then be sure to give Florida Cold Air a call. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial systems and can help you determine what type of system works best for your needs. We’ll also be happy to share price comparisons and discuss the wide variety of models and options that we work with. Give us a call today!