In Elkhart, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home.
They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they work in the same way during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your residence when it's cold.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, find out how this HVAC system keeps residences comfy.
How Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work similar to 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 move warmth. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move heat properly.
When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and drains away. The resulting dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your house.
Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, causing it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back inside, passing through an expansion valve that chills it greatly, readying it to go through the process all over again.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll get efficient cooling similar to a high-performance air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process occurs the opposite way. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your house to warm the interior.
Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most useful when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house comfy, but your heating costs rise as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer hot air rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by using a heat pump.
Request Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away
Heat pumps are a green choice and money-saving. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, BW/Cook Service Experts is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll uphold our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 574-218-6404 right away.