In Columbus, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.
They look about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house when temperatures drop.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just track down the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can work 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 shift humidity. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help transfer humidity properly.
When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house moves over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following dehumidified air circulates through the ductwork and back into your home.
Meanwhile, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant travels back into your house, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it greatly, preparing it to go through the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained properly, you’ll get efficient cooling comparable to an energy-saving air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process occurs the opposite way. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your home to warm the interior.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfy, but your heating bills go up as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as heated. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps move warmth rather than making it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating costs by installing a heat pump.
Request Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away
Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are an alternative to the traditional AC/furnace setup 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, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 614-334-3192 today.