How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

In Denver, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your residence.

They appear almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home in the winter.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is track down the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over purchasing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps homes comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Run

Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to 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 pumped through these coils to transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move warmth efficiently.

Summertime Cooling

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

At the same time, the refrigerant flows 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 exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, preparing it to begin the process from the start.

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

Wintertime Heating

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange procedure takes place the opposite way. By moving in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your house to warm the inside.

Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too cold, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house comfortable, but your heating expenses increase as a result.

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps keep a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 303-647-5853 today.

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