How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In East Syracuse, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your residence.

They look very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they work in the same way during high temperatures. Because of a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your house when it's cold.

Not sure if you have 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 have a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps houses comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run similar to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use 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 surrounded by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help move warmth efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your house.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back inside, moving through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, readying it to go through the process all over again.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place the opposite way. By moving in a different direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your house to warm the interior.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfy, but your heating costs go up as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace setup and should have the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Falso Service Experts is the Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 315-313-6531 now.

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