How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Fort Worth, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your home. 

They appear very similar to an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in a similar fashion during warm weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home in the winter. 

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you have to do is locate the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you find you use a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, find out how this HVAC system keeps houses comfortable. 

How Heat Pumps Run 

Heat pumps use a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate akin to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to transfer warmth. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help transfer warmth properly. 

Summertime Cooling 

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house moves 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 following cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your home. 

At the same time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, prepping it to start the process from the beginning. 

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained correctly, you’ll get efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner. 

Wintertime Heating 

When your heat pump is heating, the heat exchange process happens the opposite way. By traveling in the opposing direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your home to warm the inside. 

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it turns too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your home comfy, but your heating expenses rise as a result. 

Heat pumps work longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as warm. This helps maintain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer warmth rather than creating 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. 

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Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace setup and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall. 

If you want to install a heat pump, Calverley Service Experts is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 817-380-5647 now. 

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