In times defined by energy conservation and need to save money on heating bills, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce costs while not sacrificing the comfort of a heating system. There are a few things to consider and various tips that can serve to maximise the efficiency of a heat pump system. The main factor to consider is what is known as the Coefficient of Performance, or COP.
The COP is a measure of performance for heating pumps that is expressed in what is known as thermal efficiency. Essentially, the heat supplied to or taken from a reservoir is divided by the work of the pump. The greater the COP value, the more efficient the operating system (the less work the pump has to do to achieve optimum results). So, now that we have a basic grasp of this principle, let us look at several ways to improve the functionality of a heat pump system.