How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

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

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, 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 house in the winter.

Not sure if you use 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 considering installing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

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 uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move heat effectively.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The ensuing cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

During this time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, causing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant travels back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, prepping it to begin the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens the other way around. By moving in a different direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents 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 turns 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 run longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They are a substitute for the standard AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Knochelmann Service Experts is the contractor to get in touch with. 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. To find out more, contact us at 859-905-0834 right away.

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