In West Chester, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your house.
They appear about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a nearly identical way during warm weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can shift humidity in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your residence when it's cold.
Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps homes comfy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system much 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 sent through these coils to move heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift warmth effectively.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is set over the coil, and the refrigerant removes warmth. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cool air flows 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 get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back into your house, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, readying it to begin the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained appropriately, you’ll receive efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner.
In heating mode, the heat exchange cycle happens the other way around. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your house to warm the interior.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house cozy, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps move hot air rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and economical. They replace the standard AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Wesley Wood Service Experts is the company to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 484-401-7577 right away.