How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Concord, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your residence.

They appear almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they work in the same way during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat 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 check it online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking about purchasing one, learn more about how this HVAC system keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can operate like 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 pumped through these coils to transfer heat. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move humidity effectively.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and flows away. The resulting cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows 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 exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back inside, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, readying it to start the process from the start.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll get efficient cooling comparable to an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens the other way around. By flowing in a different direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your residence cozy, but your heating expenses go up as a result.

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t become 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 should expect 30–40% savings on your heating costs by using a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Today

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace setup and require the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Freschi Service Experts is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 925-384-1303 today.

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