How a Heat Pump Cools Your Home

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

They seem almost like an air conditioner. In reality, they run in the same way during high temperatures. Because of a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just find the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you discover you use a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can work similar to a ductless mini-split, since they can heat and cool. Heat pumps depend on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to transfer heat. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift warmth properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is set over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following cool air flows through the ductwork and back into your house.

At the same time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This concentrates the refrigerant, leading it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant travels back into your house, traveling through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, preparing it to start the process from the start.

When your heat pump is installed and maintained properly, you’ll receive efficient cooling similar to a high-performance air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

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

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

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps keep a more even indoor temperature. Also, 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 bills by getting a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Today

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They replace the standard AC/furnace setup and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.

If you’d like to install a heat pump, Matz-Rightway is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your system to meet your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 631-406-9220 now.

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