In Hurricane, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your home.
They seem about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in the same way during hot weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home in the winter.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply track down the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you discover you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking over getting one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses comfortable.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system 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 moved through these coils to shift humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help move heat efficiently.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.
At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, forcing it to heat up even more. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, preparing it to go through the process all over again.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling on par with an energy-saving air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange cycle happens the opposite way. By moving in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm rooms.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too cold, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your residence cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.
Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t turn as warm. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Teays Valley Service Experts is the company to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 304-760-5088 today.