How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

They look very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home when it's cold.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just track down the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering buying one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps homes comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Run

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

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed 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 resulting cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.

During this time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, forcing it to heat up even more. As it moves through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that chills it considerably, readying it to go through the process from the start.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange cycle happens the other way around. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm rooms.

Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too cold, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfortable, but your heating costs rise as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps transfer heat 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 switching to a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

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

If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 318-588-8163 right away.

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