How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Clearwater, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.

They seem about the same as an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in the same way during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your home in the winter.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re considering installing one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps homes comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate similar to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to shift humidity. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help transfer humidity effectively.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following dehumidified air circulates through the ductwork and back into your home.

Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, causing it to heat up even more. As it moves through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that cools it greatly, readying it to start the process all over again.

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

Wintertime Heating

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

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it turns too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.

Heat pumps run longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating costs by installing a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace configuration 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, Midway Services is the Expert to call. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 727-219-2471 today.

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