How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Albany, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.

They look very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in a similar fashion during hot weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your house when it's cold.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run like 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 transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help move warmth properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following dehumidified air moves through the ductwork and back into your home.

During this time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to warm up. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, preparing it to go through the process from the start.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll get efficient cooling equivalent to an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure takes place in reverse. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your residence to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as heated. This helps sustain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than making it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by installing a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Today

Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the traditional AC/furnace system and need the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, D.A. Bennett Service Experts is the company to call. We’ll size and install your unit to fit your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll uphold our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 518-205-3324 today.

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