How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Ocala, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you use 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 about getting one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses comfy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work similar to a ductless mini-split, since 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 shift warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift humidity properly.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors moves over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The ensuing cool air circulates through the ductwork and back into your home.

During this time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, forcing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, preparing it to start the process from the start.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained properly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place the opposite way. By moving in a different direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and adds 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 turns too cold, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your home cozy, but your heating costs go up as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t turn as hot. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer warmth 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 getting a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Today

Heat pumps are good for the environment and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the contractor to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit 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 352-414-4006 today.

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