How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

They seem almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they run in the same way during hot weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your residence in the winter.

Not sure if you use 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 thinking over buying one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work like 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 work as a heat sink to help shift warmth properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is set 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 moves away. The ensuing cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.

At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it significantly, preparing it to start the process from the beginning.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained properly, you’ll receive efficient cooling similar to an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure happens the other way around. By flowing in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds 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 run longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t become as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps move warmth 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 using a heat pump.

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

If you want 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. To find out more, contact us at 407-329-7661 right away.

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