How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Jackson, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your home.

They look about the same as an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a nearly identical way during warm weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply locate the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re considering installing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps homes comfy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate similar to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on 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 efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The ensuing cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts 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 outside. The refrigerant travels back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it greatly, preparing it to go through the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling as good as an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle occurs the opposite way. By traveling in a different direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your house to warm rooms.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your home cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as heated. This helps sustain a more balanced indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps shift hot air rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating costs by getting a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are a green choice and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the traditional 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, Comfortech Service Experts is the contractor to call. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 601-852-3105 right away.

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