How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Waukegan, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.

They appear almost like an air conditioner. In actuality, they run in a nearly identical way during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house when it's cold.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply track down the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, discover how this HVAC system keeps houses comfy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can operate 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 sent through these coils to move warmth. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help move warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house moves over the coil, and the refrigerant removes heat. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The ensuing cold air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

During this time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, forcing it to warm up. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, readying it to go through the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained properly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling as good as a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens in reverse. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm the inside.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer hot air rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and money-saving. They replace the traditional AC/furnace system and require the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Robinson 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 support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 847-306-8730 today.