Do you like the idea of having an energy efficiency, versatile, and convenient heating and cooling system your home? If so, then purchasing a heat pump may be right for you. Heat pumps offer a number of benefits, the most important being their high levels of efficiency. This means that not only will you save money on your utility bills when you utilize a heat pump in your home, but you will also do the environment a big favor by minimizing your use of electricity.
Understanding Heat Pumps
The most common type of heat pump is the air-force variety. These work by transferring heat between the outdoors and indoors, or vice versa. For homes that are not equipped with air ducts, mini-split heat pumps offer a solution without the need to build additional ducts.
Heat Pumps Offer Year-Round Comfort
Unlike traditional cooling and heating systems, heat pumps can both heat and cool your space. That’s right — they provide both heating and cooling! They offer incredibly efficient cooling abilities while also reliably heating spaces when needed. They are particularly useful for those who live in a mild climate because the more extreme the cold, the harder they will need to work. This makes them great options for states that don’t deal with extreme changes in weather.
A heat pump, in its cooling mode, will appear to be working the same as a central air conditioner does. Similarly to a conventional AC unit, it evaporates refrigerant in the indoor evaporator coil, which allows it to absorb heat from the air in your home. Then, the heat pump transfers that refrigerant out to the outdoor unit, where it is condensed in the condenser coil. This allows it to release that heat into the air outside while cooling the inside.
Heating by Reversing Operations
In order to reverse the operation of the heat pump, the reversing valve must be flipped. By doing so, this important component reverses the operation of the coils and the flow of the refrigerant. When you need to heat your home, the refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor unit. It is then compressed before being condensed in the indoor coil.
These actions allow you to use the heat pump’s thermal energy to heat your home, and that means that new energy doesn’t need to be generated in order to heat your home. The energy merely needs to be repurposed. This method of heat transfer is precisely what makes the heat pump such an effective and efficient heating solution. While heat pumps are all-electric units, they do not rely on electric resistance to create new heat, so they are more affordable to run than other types of units, such as an electric furnace.
Don’t Overlook the Details
Before updating your current heating and air conditioning system, however, it is important to make sure that no matter what type of HVAC system you choose for your home, it is properly sized as well as installed and regularly serviced by qualified professionals.
Interested in taking advantage of all that heat pumps have to offer? At Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we will not only help you to better understand why a heat pump may be the right option for your home, but we will also make sure that whatever system you decide upon is expertly sized to manage your heating and cooling demands and also installed and maintained appropriately.