How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In fact, they run in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Due to a reversing valve, they can transfer humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking about getting one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps houses comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work akin 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 moved through these coils to shift humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help transfer heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant heads back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, readying it to begin the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll get efficient cooling equivalent to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle takes place in reverse. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your house to warm the interior.

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

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

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and economical. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace system and require the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the contractor to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your unit to match your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 613-817-1591 now.

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