In Windsor, 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 nearly identical way during the summer. Due to a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when it's cold.
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 buying one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps residences comfy.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate like a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have 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 shift heat efficiently.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Wetness 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 flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, forcing 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, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, readying it to go through the process all over again.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained properly, you’ll have efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure occurs the opposite way. By moving 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 warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house comfortable, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t turn as heated. This helps sustain a more stable indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps transfer warmth rather than making it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by getting a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the standard AC/furnace configuration 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 installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 226-773-3357 today.