In Atlanta, heat pumps can be a popular choice to heat and cool your house.
They appear almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they run in a similar fashion during warm weather. Due to a reversing valve, they can transfer warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your house when it’s cold.
Not sure if you have 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 thinking about purchasing one, find out how this HVAC system keeps residences comfy.
Heat pumps use a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run akin to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use 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 enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help shift warmth properly.
When your heat pump is cooling, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house moves over the coil, and the refrigerant removes warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The ensuing cool air moves through the ductwork and back into your house.
At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it greatly, prepping it to start the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained properly, you’ll get efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange procedure happens the opposite way. By flowing in the opposing direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your house to warm the inside.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house cozy, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating costs by installing a heat pump.
Heat pumps are a green choice and economical. They are an alternative to the regular AC/furnace system and should have the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Peachtree 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 678-235-9699 now.
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