How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

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

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 residence when temperatures drop.

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 discover you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out how this HVAC system keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run like 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 moved through these coils to transfer warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is enclosed 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 ensuing dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.

At the same 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 into your house, passing through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, preparing it to go through the process from the beginning.

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 heating, the heat exchange process takes place in reverse. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your house to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as heated. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps shift hot air 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 a substitute for the traditional AC/furnace configuration 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 Expert 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. To find out more, contact us at 518-205-3324 today.

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