You may remember a little over a decade ago, that heat pumps started being advertised as the more efficient, more effective way to both cool and heat your homes. The news was right! And heat pumps are still a leading HVAC choice today because they’ve only gotten more efficient.
If you’ve been considering a new air conditioner or new heating system purchase and haven’t already converted to a heat pump system, then you’re reading the right blog post! We’re here to share all the information you’ll need about how heat pumps operate, and the advantages of using such a system. Read on!
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps are very powerful cooling and heating systems that actually work a lot as a traditional central air conditioner does. A heat pump uses a refrigerant that is constantly pressurized and depressurized to transfer heat from one location to the other.
When a heat pump is used as a cooling system, it evaporates refrigerant inside the evaporator coil, causing it to draw in heat and therefore cool the air in your home. Then, it transfers the refrigerant to an outdoor cabinet where it is condensed and the heat dissipated.
When a heat pump is being utilized as a heater, it runs this cycle in reverse. This means that it evaporates the refrigerant in the outdoor cabinet, drawing in heat from the outdoor air. then it condensed indoors, enabling your home’s air to be heated.
You might be wondering at this point how all of this makes a heat pump more efficient. Efficiency refers to how much energy the system consumes in order to effectively do its job. In the case of an HVAC system, we’re talking about how much energy it needs to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat.
The biggest difference between a heat pump and a furnace or other more traditional heating systems is that a heat pump transfers heat, while other heaters generate it–this is where your energy savings are coming from.
The Benefits of a Heat Pump Installation
Increased energy efficiency is just one of the benefits of having a heat pump installed in your CO home. Heat pump systems are also becoming a preferred choice due to how versatile they are, being used for both cooling and heating. You have a year-round system for all your climate control needs.
Heat pump systems are also very convenient, with just a change of the setting on your thermostat allowing a component called a reversing valve to switch the flow of refrigerant so your system can seamlessly switch from cooling mode to heating mode and vice-versa.
For homeowners looking for even more efficiency, you may want to consider going ductless. A ductless system operates on heat pump technology, but you can have up to 4 individual air handlers connected to the outdoor unit, each of which can be independently controlled. This makes them even more efficient as you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home if you just need one room conditioned.