How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a nearly identical way during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is track down the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you discover you use a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, learn more about how this HVAC unit keeps residences cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work like a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to transfer warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help shift heat effectively.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out heat. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cool air moves 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 constricts the refrigerant, causing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the exterior. The refrigerant travels back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, prepping it to start the process from the start.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling similar to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure occurs the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your residence to warm rooms.

Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house comfy, but your heating expenses go up as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than generating 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 good for the environment and economical. They replace the regular AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 440-252-1375 now.

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