The Basics Of Heat Pumps

In every kind of climate, a heat pump (varmepumpe) is there to give heat or coolness. It plays a vital role in one residential space. With the function it provides, it gives comfort to each and every one. But heat pump is not just a simple thing that operates to its purpose. So, let’s get to know its basics.

Basically, a heat pump is an air conditioning device that moves heat energy from one place to another. It works like absorbing or extracting heat on the inside and pumping it outside. So how does it work? The example of this heat pump concept is an air conditioner. When the air conditioner is working, it gives cool temperatures inside the house, but if you go outside, at the back of the unit, it exhausts warm air. That is for the reason that air conditioner pumping out the heat inside the room. Heat pumps work the same but it is fully reversible through its mechanism so no need for a manual rotating of the unit in order to do both functions. It could supply cooling and heating depends on the needed temperature in the house all year round.

The heat pump system works with the help of two heat surfaces. One heat transfer surface is located outside the structure and the other is located inside the structure. These are called the evaporator, the one who absorbs the heat and the condenser which is responsible for rejecting it. On heat pumps, both of the surfaces function as either condenser or the evaporator. The heat transfer is possible through refrigerant, it is a chemical substance that absorbs and rejects heat energy quickly, therefore, it facilitates the desired heat transfer. There is two basic types of heat pump, the air source which absorbs heat from the outdoor air in winter and rejects heat into the outdoor in air summer. And the ground-source heat pumps or called earth-energy which draw heat from the ground.

Do’s And Don’ts For New Fireplace Owners

Owning a fireplace (peis) sure brings a different ambiance to one’s home. With a modern lifestyle that we currently have, adding a touch of tradition works wonders.

However, owning one or even starting to install one, isn’t as easy as it seems. Unlike modern heating systems that we currently use, there’s no remote control or a switch to control the flames and or the heat it produces.

Here are some tips given by experts with regards to the dos and don’ts when owning a traditional wood-burning type of fireplace.

Things you should DO with fireplaces

  • Regular cleaning and inspection
  • Before using them, make sure that you have fireplaces and chimneys inspected by professional chimney sweeps at least once a year.
  • Make sure the chimney sweep also makes a check on the concrete cap at the top of the chimney and the liner.
  • Check for cracks in the firebox bricks as these can increase chances of a house fire.
  • Properly build fires.
  • Properties of a properly built fire:
  1. Does not generate much smoke
  2. Generates plenty of heat
  3. Leaves only ash behind
  • How to build a proper fire
  1. Open the flue.
  2. Preheat the flue before starting the fire.
  3. Create a 1-2 inch ash bed under the fire for heat reflection and making the fire more efficient.
  4. Build fire upside down.
  • Logs placed at the bottom
  • Stack the tinder and kindling on top of the logs
  • Add paper
  • Do after care.
  • Safely extinguish fires using these two methods.
  1. Spreading the embers and extinguish them by sprinkling water or sprinkling them with baking soda.
  2. Scoop out the embers using a fireproof, sealable metal container to be disposed in a safe location.

The DON’TS with fireplaces

  • Avoid placing combustibles over or near fireplaces.
  • Do not place any flammable material in places near or over the fireplace.
  • Reduce the possibility of igniting anything with the cinder popping.
  • Don’t leave fireplaces unattended.

Accidents can happen when we least expect it – especially if there’s no one watching over.