How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Ravenna, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.

They appear almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they work in a nearly identical way during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move 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? Simply track down the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, discover how this HVAC system keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can operate akin to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to move heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help transfer heat effectively.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cold air moves 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 concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it significantly, preparing it to start the process all over again.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure occurs the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too cold, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfy, but your heating bills rise as a result.

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating costs by using a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Today

Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call. We’ll size and install your unit to match your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 330-236-4793 now.