How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

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

They seem almost like an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in a nearly identical way during the summer. Due to a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on 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 it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, discover how this HVAC equipment keeps residences comfy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run akin to 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 transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The ensuing dehumidified air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

During this time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, leading it to heat up even more. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the exterior. The refrigerant travels back inside, moving through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, readying it to go through the process all over again.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained appropriately, you’ll have efficient cooling comparable to an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

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

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house comfortable, but your heating expenses go up as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t turn as heated. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps shift hot air rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace system and need the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts is the contractor to call. We’ll size and install your unit to fit your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 226-773-3357 today.

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