How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In the Niagara Region, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your home.

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In actuality, they run in the same way during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can transfer warmth in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your residence in the winter.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is track down the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can operate akin to a ductless mini-split, since 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 surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

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

Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, forcing it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back inside, moving through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, readying it to start the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

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

Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most effective when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it turns too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfy, but your heating bills increase as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps move warmth rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by installing a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and cost-effective. They replace the standard AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 289-273-2229 now.

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