In the U.S., heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.
They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a similar fashion during hot weather. Due to a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home when it’s cold.
Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you discover you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, discover how this HVAC system keeps residences comfy.
Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run similar to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to shift heat. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help transfer heat effectively.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The ensuing dehumidified air moves through the ductwork and back into your home.
During this time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, readying it to go through the process from the start.
When your heat pump is replaced and maintained properly, you’ll have efficient cooling comparable to an energy-saving air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange cycle happens in reverse. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your house to warm the inside.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it becomes too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your residence comfortable, but your heating bills rise as a result.
Heat pumps run longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t turn as hot. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer hot air rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by installing a heat pump.
Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace system and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the Expert to call. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 866-397-3787 right away.
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