How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In La Porte, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.

They look almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they run in a similar fashion during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, discover how this HVAC system keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift heat efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant travels back into your house, moving through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, prepping it to go through the process from the beginning.

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 takes place the other way around. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your house to warm the interior.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps sustain a more even 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 using a heat pump.

Request Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are a green choice and money-saving. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is the company to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 281-407-9478 right away.

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