In Fort Worth, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.
They appear almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they work in a nearly identical 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 home in the winter.
Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is locate the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, discover how this HVAC equipment keeps homes cozy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps use a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is moved through these coils to move humidity. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help move heat properly.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is set over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out heat. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The following cold air circulates through the ductwork and back into your residence.
Meanwhile, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, leading it to heat up even more. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back into your house, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, preparing it to go through the process from the start.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens in reverse. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm the inside.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it becomes too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your home comfy, but your heating costs rise as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps keep a more stable indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps move warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by switching to a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace setup and require the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’d like to install a heat pump, Calverley Service Experts is the company to contact. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 817-380-5647 today.