If you want radiant in-floor heating in your home without the monthly expense of an electric or oil-fired boiler, an air to water heat pump is an energy efficient alternative. A Nordic air to water heat pump has a coefficient of performance up to 4.00, which means you’ll have the lowest heating bills on your block.
But what about air conditioning when the weather turns warm? Traditionally, air to water heat pumps have only been able to provide you with heating – but that’s not the case with the Nordic ATW Series. Keep reading to find out how you can have radiant in-floor heating and air conditioning too.
Your Air to Water Heat Pump and Air Conditioning
Cooling with an air to water heat pump is not as simple as sending chilled water to your in-floor system. Most experts recommend against cooling an in-floor system because of the risk of condensation forming on the floors. These conditions are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, mites, and mold. For this reason, most experienced installers shy away from radiant cooling. But there is another way.
If you have an electric or oil-fired boiler in your home, the only way to provide air conditioning would be to install ductwork and a separate air conditioning system.
Fortunately, if you choose an air to water heat pump, you won’t need to install a separate system. With the simple addition of ductwork and our hydronic air handler, you can enjoy whole-home air conditioning directly from your air to water heat pump. Here’s how it works:
How An Air to Water Heat Pump Provides Air Conditioning
Our air to water heat pump is known as a fully reversing heat pump. This means that in addition to making hot water for your radiant in-floor system, it also reverses the refrigeration process to make chilled water. But instead of sending the chilled water to your in-floor system, the air to water heat pump will circulate this cool water to a hydronic air handler.
The hydronic air handler is essentially a heat exchanger and a blower. The heat exchanger will transfer heat in the home’s air to the chilled water. The now cold air in the air handler will be blown through your ductwork as air conditioning. Using this method you can enjoy whole home forced air conditioning.
The heat that was transferred to the water will be pumped back to the heat pump. From there the heat pump will essentially act like a refrigerator, transferring the heat into the outdoor air using refrigerant.
Coming Soon: the Air to Air & Water Heat Pump
Pairing our air to water heat pump with a hydronic air handler is a good way to enjoy air conditioning in your home, but soon you’ll be able to purchase both units in a single product.
This summer we plan to release a unit that will heat water for radiant in-floor heating and heat and cool air for ducted heating and air conditioning, all in one machine. This unit will be the air source version of our Triple Function Series heat pump and will eliminate the need to purchase a hydronic air handler with your air to water heat pump. This air source heat pump will easily heat your home through radiant in-floor heating and also provide air conditioning through ductwork.
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