Heat Pumps

For commercial and government building in the United States, the energy used to cool and heat is more than half of the total energy operating cost.

Heat pumps make use of waste heat that is not warm enough and would otherwise be rejected to the environment. They convert this lower-temperature heat into more useful, higher temperature heat. It takes energy to increase the heat temperature, but this process will reduce the use of purchased steam or fuel.

There are many types of heat pumps, and they all perform the same basic functions:

  • Receive heat from the waste-heat source
  • Increase the temperature of the waste-heat
  • Deliver the useful heat

The cost efficiency and ROI of the heat pump depend upon a few variables:

  • The heat output is high enough to replace purchased energy, such as boiler steam or gas firing
  • The energy cost of operation is less than the energy that would otherwise be purchased
  • The net savings is sufficient enough to return the capital investment within a reasonable period of time (usually two to five years).

We have placed heat pumps in several industrial applications, which have been successful in reducing costs for the clients.