How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

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

They look almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they work in a similar fashion during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift heat in the opposite direction as well as heat your house 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 have a heat pump, or you’re considering installing one, learn more about how this HVAC system keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to shift heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move humidity efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.

At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, forcing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, readying it to begin the process from the beginning.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle happens the other way around. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm rooms.

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

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t turn as warm. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer warmth rather than making it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating costs by installing a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace setup and require the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to match your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 954-736-4314 now.

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