How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In the Wasatch Front region, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in the same way during high temperatures. Due to 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 have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, discover how this HVAC system keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Work

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

Summertime Cooling

When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.

During this time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, causing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant heads back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it considerably, preparing it to begin the process from the start.

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

Wintertime Heating

In heating mode, the heat exchange procedure happens the opposite way. By flowing in a different direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses 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 gets too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your residence comfy, but your heating costs increase as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t turn as hot. This helps sustain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than making it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.

Request Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and cost-effective. They replace the standard AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Barlow Service Experts is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 801-436-8985 today.

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