How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Voorhees, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home when it's cold.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking about purchasing one, discover how this HVAC equipment keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate akin to 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 encircled by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

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

Meanwhile, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, leading it to heat up even more. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant travels back into your house, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, prepping it to start the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

In heating mode, the heat exchange cycle happens the opposite way. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your residence to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by installing a heat pump.

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

If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Atmostemp Service Experts 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 uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 856-310-4824 now.

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