How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

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

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, 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 warmth to your home when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just track down 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, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run 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 moved through these coils to transfer heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is 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, falling into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following 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, forcing it to heat up even more. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant travels back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, readying it to start the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained properly, you’ll get efficient cooling similar to an energy-saving 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 house to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps shift hot air 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 a green choice and money-saving. They are a substitute for the standard AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one inspection 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 match your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 856-310-4824 now.

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