In Tempe, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.
They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in a nearly identical way during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home in the winter.
Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you discover you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, discover how this HVAC system keeps homes comfy.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work 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 sent through these coils to shift humidity. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move warmth effectively.
When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out heat. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The ensuing cold air circulates 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, causing it to get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant heads back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, readying it to go through the process from the start.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process occurs the opposite way. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your house to warm the inside.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your home comfy, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps maintain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and money-saving. They replace the regular AC/furnace setup 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, Bob Brown Service Experts is the Expert to call. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 623-243-4517 today.