How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Naples, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.

They look very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in the same way during warm weather. Due to a reversing valve, they can transfer warmth in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is track down the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re considering buying one, discover how this HVAC equipment keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run similar to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps rely on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to move warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help shift humidity efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. 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 house.

At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant heads back inside, passing through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, preparing it to go through the process all over again.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place in reverse. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm the interior.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too cold, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your home comfy, but your heating costs go up as a result.

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t turn as hot. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by switching to a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They replace the regular AC/furnace configuration and require the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 239-908-6991 today.

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