How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Charlotte, 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 the same way during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your residence when it's cold.

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

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate similar 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 moved through these coils to shift humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help shift warmth properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant removes warmth. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.

Meanwhile, 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 outside. The refrigerant travels back inside, traveling through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, preparing it to begin the process from the start.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling on par with a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure occurs the opposite way. By moving in a different direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm the interior.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house comfy, but your heating expenses increase as a result.

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

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Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the regular 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, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 704-464-4307 right away.

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