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 operate in a nearly identical way during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If it turns out you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking over getting one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work like 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 warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help move heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to 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 cold air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant travels back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, prepping it to start the process from the start.

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 set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place the other way around. By flowing in a different direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm the interior.

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

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps keep a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, 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 costs by using a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are a green choice and money-saving. They are a substitute for the standard 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 Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 281-407-9478 now.

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