How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Belleville, 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 run in the same way during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as heat your home in the winter.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re considering buying one, learn more about how this HVAC equipment keeps houses comfy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can operate similar to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to move heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, preparing it to start the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained properly, you’ll receive efficient cooling as good as an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure takes place the opposite way. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your home to warm the inside.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it turns too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your home comfortable, but your heating expenses go up as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as warm. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps shift heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating costs by using a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and cost-effective. They replace the traditional AC/furnace setup and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, D & K Heating Service Experts is the Expert to call. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 613-707-2421 now.

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