How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Grand Island, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.

They seem about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a similar fashion during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home in the winter.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you discover you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work like a ductless mini-split, because 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 warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move warmth efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house moves over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Water 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.

During this time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back into your house, moving through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, preparing it to go through the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens in reverse. By traveling in a different direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm the inside.

Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it becomes too cold, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your home cozy, but your heating bills go up as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as warm. This helps maintain a more balanced indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by getting a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace system 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, McElroy Service Experts is the contractor to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 308-210-4398 right away.

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