How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Wheeling, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in the same way during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your house in the winter.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps homes comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run like a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps rely on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to shift warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move humidity properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes heat. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The ensuing dehumidified air moves through the ductwork and back into your home.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, causing it to heat up even more. As it moves through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back into your house, moving through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, preparing it to go through the process from the start.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll have efficient cooling as good as an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfy, but your heating bills go up as a result.

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps maintain a more balanced indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by installing a heat pump.

Request Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and money-saving. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace system and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Comfort Masters Service Experts is the Expert to call. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 847-250-6729 now.

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