How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Sharonville, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your residence.

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they run in a similar fashion during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move warmth 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? All you have to do is find 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 installing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

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

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

At the same time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant travels back into your house, moving through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, readying it to begin the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure happens the other way around. By moving in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your residence to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps keep a more even indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and money-saving. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Knochelmann Service Experts is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 859-905-0834 now.

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