In the Wasatch Front region, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.
They seem 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 warmth in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house 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 use a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out 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 moved through these coils to transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help shift warmth effectively.
When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.
At the same time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, preparing it to begin the process from the start.
When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.
In heating mode, the heat exchange process takes place the other way around. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your house 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 turns on to keep your residence comfy, but your heating costs go up as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps sustain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work 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 cost-effective. They replace the regular 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 get in touch with. We’ll size and install your unit to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 801-436-8985 today.