How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

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 actuality, they work in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Due to a reversing valve, they can move warmth in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house when it’s cold.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you discover you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking about getting one, discover how this HVAC system keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run like a ductless mini-split, as 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 contains a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help transfer humidity efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant travels back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it significantly, preparing it to start the process all over again.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained properly, you’ll receive efficient cooling equivalent to an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure occurs in reverse. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your home to warm the inside.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your residence cozy, but your heating bills rise as a result.

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps sustain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by installing a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace configuration and require the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 866-397-3787 today.

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