How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Orlando, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.

They seem about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in the same way during the summer. Since they have a reversing valve, they can transfer warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your house in the winter.

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

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to transfer warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help shift humidity efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant removes warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.

At the same time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, preparing it to go through the process from the start.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure takes place the other way around. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm the interior.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most useful when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it turns 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 become as heated. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move hot air rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are an alternative to the traditional AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one appointment in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the contractor to call. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 407-329-7661 now.

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