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How a Water Source Heat Pump Works: Thermodynamics 101

July 24, 2020

By Matthew A. Crump PE

In my previous article, located here, I discussed the benefits of selecting a water source heat pump system for your building.  The next few articles will discuss how the heat pump works.

The heating and cooling provided by a water source heat pump, and for that matter all refrigerant based conditioning equipment, is made possible by the refrigeration cycle.  Mechanical...

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How Water Source Heat Pumps Work

August 17, 2020

By Matthew A. Crump PE

Most people are familiar with a standard residential split air conditioning system.  It is split because the indoor system blows the cooled or heated air and the outdoor unit makes a lot of noise when it’s operating.  These two pieces of equipment are connected by piping that carries refrigerant between them.  The outdoor unit contains a compressor, outdoor coil, and fan.  During cooling the compressor will compress the refrigerant into a superheated gas, then force it...

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