WaterFurnace's line of water source heat pumps are redefining expectations in the commercial market. Variable capacity, active humidity control, multi-zone capabilities, communicating control systems, and outdoor air management are just a few of the innovations that WaterFurnace is developing in one of the industry's broadest WSHP product line.
Water source heat pumps offer superior performance to air cooled HVAC equipment because water transfers heat ten times more efficiently than air and fifteen times more efficiently than refrigerant. A WSHP system can also redirect heat energy from unwanted areas to areas where it's needed — increasing efficiency even further. This all translates to actual reductions in energy consumption with lower peak demand - all while delivering superior comfort and the lowest cost of ownership.
Water Source Heat Pump systems are less complex than many other HVAC alternatives and the use of water to transfer heat dramatically reduces the need for expensive refrigerant throughout the building. The system's simpler design reduces installation costs, overall maintenance costs, and provides one of the lowest installed costs for any HVAC system.
A water source heat pump system uses its water loop to move heat energy from unwanted spaces to areas that need it (like water heating or make-up air), resulting in energy recovery at the system level. A net energy water loop approach looks at the building holistically rather than as individual challenges. This reduces a building's energy footprint, increasing comfort, functionality, and the impact of any onsite renewable energy.
With no combustion and a more efficient energy transfer medium, ASHRAE estimates that water source heat pumps can last more than 20 years. The outdoor loop can last more than 100. This positively benefits life cycle costs and budget stability.
For the ultimate in efficiency and reliability, choose a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system for your commercial building. Geothermal heat pumps (also called ground source heat pumps) work very much like water source heat pumps except they exchange heat with the earth. Thanks to near-constant underground temperatures, GHPs aren't subject to efficiency fluctuations that air source systems experience. They maintain their efficiencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have called geothermal heat pumps the most energy efficient, cost effective way to heat and cool our buildings. That's because they don't burn expensive fossil fuels to generate heat. Instead they collect and move it. Geothermal heat pumps are classified as renewable energy technology by the federal government along with many state and municipal governments.
Because the system exchanges heat with the ground instead of the outdoor air, there are usually no outdoor components to clutter the aesthetics of your building. This means less noise, no smells or fumes, and no performance degradation from dirt and debris.
Geothermal heat pumps come in many different configurations to suit your building needs. The underground piping can be hidden under parking lots, beneath the building, or in a pond. Here are the different loops types for a geothermal system.
Hybrid systems supplement a geothermal system with a boiler and cooling tower to achieve optimal efficiencies while reducing space challenges and budget constraints. Because the two technologies share conditioning duties, both the loop and the boiler/tower components can be reduced in size. The two technologies work hand in hand to provide efficient, safe, conditioning to the building.
WaterFurnace Commercial Solutions offer systems for centralized applications, distributed applications, and a combination of the two. We've expanded our commercial line and technology to include industrial chillers, rooftop water to air products, compact water source heat pumps, as well as water-to-water systems to fit any conditioning need.