How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In West Palm Beach, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.

They appear almost like an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Due to a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your residence in the winter.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just track down the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking over purchasing one, learn more about how this HVAC equipment keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

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

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house moves 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 moves away. The following dehumidified air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.

At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it goes 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 lowers its temperature it greatly, preparing it to start the process all over again.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained properly, you’ll have efficient cooling similar to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure occurs the opposite way. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it becomes too cold, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house cozy, but your heating expenses rise as a result.

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t turn as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps move hot air rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by getting a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They replace the standard AC/furnace system and require the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 561-629-1826 right away.

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