In the U.S., heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.
They seem almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they run in a nearly identical way during warm weather. 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 rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply locate the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you discover you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking over getting one, find out how this HVAC system keeps homes cozy.
Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can operate similar to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to move heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift humidity efficiently.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping 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, causing it to heat up even more. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, preparing it to start the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange cycle occurs in reverse. By flowing in a different direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm the inside.
Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too cold, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house cozy, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps run longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as heated. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by getting a heat pump.
Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 866-397-3787 today.
Student loan debt across the nation has been a growing problem for many years. Today’s total student debt has reached some $1.7 trillion, with the average college graduate owing $20,000 to $25,000. If you’re thinking about your educational journey or giving advice to someone who is, it’s... Continue reading
By Brian Sodoma, for Service Experts With autumn coming soon, homeowners will soon be getting ready for the winter weather ahead. Cold weather places even more demand on your heating system. To prepare your furnace for the heavy work it will soon be taking on, scheduled HVAC maintenance should... Continue reading
The HVAC industry is in a nonstop state of change. With technological innovations and growing environmental concerns, the skills demanded of HVAC specialists are evolving faster than ever. Preparing to adapt and satisfy these new challenges is crucial for anyone wanting to join the business.... Continue reading
© 2023 Service Experts, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, and the Service Experts logo and design are registered trademarks of Service Experts LLC and used under license by SE Canada Inc. All Rights Reserved. *Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions.