In Fort Myers, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.
They look about the same as an air conditioner. In fact, they work in a similar fashion during warm weather. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when temperatures drop.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply find the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, learn more about how this HVAC system keeps houses comfy.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps have a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can run like a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to shift warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move humidity effectively.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors blows over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The ensuing dehumidified 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, causing it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outside. The refrigerant heads back indoors, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, prepping it to start the process all over again.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained appropriately, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure happens the opposite way. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm the inside.
Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your residence cozy, but your heating costs go up as a result.
Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as heated. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by getting a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the traditional AC/furnace configuration 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, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 239-908-6991 right away.