Best Heat Pumps For Cold Climates

How It Works – Arctic Heat Pump

The Arctic Heat Pump is a revolution in heat pump technology that remains unsurpassed in terms of cost and performance. Our Engineers designed this heat pump with a mission to make it the most efficient cold climate heat pump on the market at a price point of ½ of a traditional geothermal heat pump. This was done without any sacrifices to quality. Industry leading parts were mandated in the design of this unit. This includes Variable Speed Pumps, Panasonic EVI DC Inverter Compressors, European Sanhua Valves, and Chico digital control system. All this is harnessed directly into complete weatherproof housing.

Integrated Heating Solution

Unlike any other cold climate heat pump system on the market, our Arctic Heat Pump can control your entire home heating and cooling needs including domestic hot water. The heat pump integrates with multiple heating sources such as; radiant floor heating/cooling, central air handlers for forced air, split fan coils for individual room heating, low temperature radiators, and can also integrate to any pool or hot tub to provide full heat with our titanium heat exchangers. The Out Door Unit (ODR) contains everything you need in one case (monobloc). This results in no need to hire a refrigeration mechanic. All you will require is an electrical connection with an outdoor rated disconnect (weatherproof). The system requires 240 VAC connection with a 20, 30, 40 Amp dedicated breaker depending on the size of the Arctic Heat Pump.

Built in Back up

The backup heating circuit in the buffer tank can be automatically controlled from the heat pump itself, making integration with an internal heater simple and effective. The backup heater will be given the signal from the cold weather heat pump only when the heat pump cannot keep up. This ensures you are never wasting energy with two heat sources competing. Our EcoULTRA buffer/boiler tanks have been designed specifically for our cold weather heat pumps that include added features such as extra insulation and internal ports for the temperature probe for more accurate temp readings. These tanks range form 4-29 Kw.

Expandability

Rather than split our production into 5 or 6 sizes, our technology allows us to combine heat pumps together to form larger heating systems as required. With the use of our MX controller you can add up to 10 Heat pumps. Our design works in parallel so each unit has its own pump, but the controller will manage all the heat pumps as if they were one large heat pump.

User Friendly Controller

Unlike other cold weather heat pumps that require direct communication to each zone, Arctic Heat Pumps use simple differential controller logic with a tank thermometer probe included. Our tanks have a special cooper probe port insert both at top and bottom so we can accurately measure the tank. The heat pump will automatically be optimized to reach the design temperature set for the tank. As the weather changes, the heat pump will change as well using only exactly what it needs to keep the buffer tank at the set temperature. It is able to do this by changing the frequency of its DC Inverter Compressor to increase or decrease power as needed.

So how does it work?

Our factory controller system can manage heating or cooling or both simultaneously.

  1. Heating
  2. Cooling
  3. Heating and Cooling
  4. + Domestic Hot Water (with optional internal HX Coil)

If we have set up Heating the heat pump will turn on and start the circulation pump and heat the buffer tank unit it reaches the desired set point temp. Cooling is done the same way the only difference is the buffer tank is a special foam tank designed so it does not sweat and condensate, When the buffer tank reaches its set cold temperature the heat pump will shut off.

We can also have both heating and cooling set up such as in the summer when you want to cool the house and heat the domestic hot water. In this case we utilize and optional internal HX in the EcoULTRA buffer tank. The is 160 feet of copper and capable of 94-97% efficiency. In this mode (heating and cooling) the Arctic Air to Water heat pump will first heat the hot water buffer tank to ensure there is hot water and then it will activate a 3-way valve and switch to the cooling tank and reverse its function to cooling. If domestic hot water is not needed in the summer, then heating and cooling can be done on a single tank.

What systems work best with Air to Water Heat Pump?

Same as most geothermal units we use R410a environmentally friendly freon and the properties of this refrigeration liquid produce design temperature maximums of 60C (140 F). However, we recommend system design be under 51C (125F) to maximize the heat pump’s performance. As such radiant floor heating is a great source of supply heat for our A-T-W heat pumps. However, we also offer Individual wall mounted fan coils for room zoning. These special Hydronic Fan Coils are designed around the 110-120 F supply water temperature range and can provide both heating and cooling. For central heating and cooling our Hydronic Air Handlers for Heat Pumps can be a great match with the air to water heat pumps as they have a specially designed 6-layer heat exchanger optimized to provide great performance at 120 F or lower. NOTE: Not ever emitter works well with a heat pump. Older technology air handlers require higher designs temperatures and cast iron boilers will also not work with the lower design temperatures. Call us to see if your current system will work or weather an upgrade will be needed +1 (866) 800-8123

Basic Sample Diagrams for Heating and Cooling with Optional Domestic Hot Water

Basic Designs always use a Buffer Tank (recommended EcoULTRA with back up heating element). The Arctic Heat Pump controls the primary pump and the Heat/Cooling selection switching the 3-way valve. All the other demand zones such as the heating loops and cooling zones require their own pumps and controls. However, we can design both the supply (Heat Pump) and the demand (Radiant Zones) for you at no additional cost.

Radiant Heating + Domestic Hot Water

In this system design the buffer tank is always charged with hot water and this glycol/water is circulated as needed through radiant floor loop thought the house. Zone temperature sensors tell the variable speed pump when to turn on off supplying energy to the zones. Multiple zone and multiple manifolds can be used. NOTE this is only a common sample system layout we can design any system to meet your needs at no charge.

Radiant Heating & Cooling + Domestic Hot Water

In this system design the buffer tank is always charged with hot water and this glycol/water is circulated as needed through radiant floor loop thought the house. Zone temperature sensors tell the variable speed pump when to turn on off supplying energy to the zones. Multiple zone and multiple manifolds can be used. NOTE this is only a common sample system layout we can design any system to meet your needs at no charge.

Radiant Heating & Central Air Handler Cooling + Domestic Hot Water

Similar to the Radiant design this design uses the same heating system. However, a 3-way valve is controlled by the heat pump and during cooling season the heat pump supply hot water to the heating tanks for domestic hot water via the internal heat exchanger. It also supplies chilled water to the cooling tank for use by the central air handler which has a separate pump to circulate the chilled water over its internal chilling coil and cold air is circulated through the house and moisture is removed from the air. NOTE this is only a common sample system layout we can design any system to meet your needs at no charge.

Fan Coil Heating/Cooling

Fan Coil Heating/Cooling is easily done using the buffer tanks. The heating/cooling zone is controlled separately by individual room thermostats built into the fan coils. A centralized zone relay connects the fan coils to the zone pump. When any of the room zones call for Heat they will close their contact and activate the pump; drawing heat from the heating tank. In Cooling Mode, the Fan Coil sends a signal to the 3-way valve which changes direction and the pump now draws form the cooling tank. Each fan coil has an internal 3-way valve so that only the fan coils that have a heat or cool demand will allow the flow. NOTE this is only a common sample system layout we can design any system to meet your needs at no charge.

Radiant Floor Heating with Gas/Oil/Propane/Electric Boiler Back Up

Like the Radiant Floor above, this design uses the same heating system. However instead of the electric back up EcoULTRA tank we use a BuffMAX tank that has no element, the back up heat is provided externally via any type of boiler. This design is a great retrofit design for a customer that already has a boiler and wants to switch to a more cost-effective heating means via our Arctic Cold Weather Heat Pump. Optional we have available a TurboMAX tank that is the same tank as the BuffMAX with an internal heat exchanger for domestic hot water. NOTE this is only a common sample system layout we can design any system to meet your needs at no charge.

Advanced Heating/Cooling Design

Advanced Heating/Cooling Design - by using a PAW Modular Hydronic Heating Solution and Resol MX Controller we can help you design larger residential systems or commercial systems. Multiple heating sources can be combined such as heat pump with solar to give even greater efficiencies. Call us to discuss customization of your project. Design is always FREE

Pool or Hot Tub & Heating/Cooling

Pool or Hot Tub & Heating/Cooling – By using an external Heat Exchanger we can also heat a pool or hot tub. In this design the heat form the pool can be taken from the buffer tank or from the heat pump when it is turned on. This type of pool heating system can be done with any of our designs by adding this second loop and a heating exchanger. Alternatively if the pool is large we recommend our stand alone low temperature pool heat pumps that operate to -10 C (14F). These have a built-in titanium heat exchanger.