There are many different types of heat pumps, and each type is suited to a different style of home. So how do you choose? Well, the answer isn’t exactly simple. Choosing a heat pump depends on what type of energy supply source you choose and what type of energy distribution system is in your home. Fortunately, we manufacture many different styles and variations of Nordic® heat pumps, so you’ll always find a heat pump to suit your individual needs. Here are some of our common types of heat pumps and their typical applications:
Water-to-Air Heat Pump
If your home has forced air ductwork already installed, a water-to-air heat pump would be an ideal choice. Also known as the R Series, this heat pump provides heating and cooling through ductwork, as well as domestic hot water. This heat pump works on an open or closed loop and is particularly popular for renovations.
Water-to-Water Heat Pump
If you need to heat a swimming pool or have in-floor radiant heat, a water-to-water heat pump is the right choice for you. This heat pump is compatible with either an open or closed loop, and also provides domestic hot water. Liquid-to-water heat pumps are reversible and can provide chilled water to hydronic fan coils to satisfy your air conditioning needs. Individual fan coils can be placed throughout the home for a well controlled zoned cooling system
Liquid-to-Air & Water Heat Pump
If your home is a new construction and you have radiant in-floor heat and a ducted system for air conditioning, a liquid-to-air & water heat pump can give you the comfort of in-floor heating and the pleasure of air conditioning in the summer. Also known as the TF Series, this heat pump provides domestic hot water and works on an open or closed loop.
Horizontal Heat Pumps
If your heat pump is going to be installed in a low basement or crawl space, you may not have enough space for a traditional upright heat pump. Fortunately, we make horizontal versions of most of our heat pumps. These heat pumps are the same as their vertical siblings, but are configured to fit into small spaces where height is an issue.
Split System Heat Pumps
Split system heat pumps are the water-side of traditional upright heat pumps. This heat pump is paired with a refrigerant air handler to deliver forced air heating and cooling. This type of configuration gives geothermal installers more flexibility in small spaces. If you’re renovating your home and installing a heat pump where there is already an air handler installed (such as if you had an air source heat pump already installed), a split system heat pump can be paired with the existing air handler, for simplified installation.