How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Alliance, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.

They look almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they run in a nearly identical way during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move warmth in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you have to do is find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you discover you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking about buying one, learn more about how this HVAC unit keeps residences comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run akin to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to shift warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following cool air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.

At the same time, the refrigerant moves 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 outdoor fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, prepping it to start the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure takes place in reverse. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm the interior.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house comfy, but your heating expenses rise as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t turn as warm. This helps sustain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move warmth rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are a green choice and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace setup 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 is the contractor to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 330-235-1260 now.