How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

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 humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your house when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is locate the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps residences comfy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run 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 move humidity. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help shift humidity efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The ensuing cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your residence.

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

When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll get efficient cooling on par with 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 a different direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your house to warm the interior.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t turn as hot. This helps sustain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating costs 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’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 239-908-6991 today.

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