In Saint Charles, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your house.
They seem very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in the same way during hot weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can shift heat in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your house in the winter.
Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you discover you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over installing one, learn more about how this HVAC unit keeps homes comfortable.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps use a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can operate like a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to move warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help transfer warmth efficiently.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.
During this time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, prepping it to start the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange cycle occurs the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm rooms.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house comfy, but your heating expenses rise as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps shift hot air rather than making it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by getting a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and economical. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Golden Seal Service Experts is the company to call. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 630-246-2698 today.