How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

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

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in a similar fashion during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move heat in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you have a heat pump, or you’re considering buying one, discover how this HVAC equipment keeps houses comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Run

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

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, forcing it to get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant travels back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that cools it greatly, prepping it to start the process from the start.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling equivalent to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle happens the opposite way. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it turns too cold, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house cozy, but your heating expenses go up as a result.

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

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call. We’ll size and install your unit to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 321-428-7635 right away.

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