How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Haltom City, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.

They seem about the same as an air conditioner. In reality, they work in a nearly identical way during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking about purchasing one, find out how this HVAC system keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can operate like a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps rely on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to move humidity. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help transfer warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The ensuing cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your home.

At the same time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, preparing it to begin the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained appropriately, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle happens the opposite way. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your home cozy, but your heating bills increase as a result.

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t turn as heated. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than making it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by getting a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace system and require the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Stark Services is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 817-668-6689 now.

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