In London, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your home.
They look almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they run in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Since they have a reversing valve, they can move heat in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house in the winter.
Not sure if you rely on 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 discover you have a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps residences comfy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps use a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work similar to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to move warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help transfer heat effectively.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your residence.
At the same time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, forcing it to warm up. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant travels back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it significantly, preparing it to begin the process from the start.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained appropriately, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process takes place the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your home to warm the interior.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your home cozy, but your heating expenses go up as a result.
Heat pumps run longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as hot. This helps sustain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating costs by getting a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and money-saving. They are a substitute for the standard AC/furnace setup and should have the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts is the company to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your system to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 226-270-1164 right away.