Everything You Need to Know About Heat Pumps

Everyone needs some sort of heating and cooling system in their home or business to remain comfortable during the cold winters and hot summers. Conventional heating and cooling systems are popular, but heat pumps are excellent alternatives for many reasons. Keep reading to learn about what a heat pump is, how it works, and why it may be a great option for you.

Heat pumps are a reliable and energy-efficient source of heating and cooling. Using electricity to extract heat from one place and transfer it to another, a heat pump system is cost-effective.

Heat pumps move heat by circulating a refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation using a compressor and two heat exchanger coils in the same way that your refrigerator works.  In coil number one, the refrigerant evaporates at low pressure and draws heat from the environment.  On its way to the other coil, the refrigerant is compressed. In coil number two it condenses at high pressure. This is when the heat absorbed earlier is released.

As a method of moderating the climate inside your home, the heat pump cycle is reversible. In heating mode, heat pumps draw heat from the cooler external air or from the ground and release this heat into your home rather than into the environment. During the hot days of summer, the system draws in air from the outside portion of the unit and uses refrigerant to either absorb or release heat in the inside portion of the unit, depending on the setting.

You can adjust your preferred temperature on your heat pump with ease and quickly switch from heating to cooling and back. It only requires a button to adjust what the heat pump is doing, and the pump will be ready to cool or heat your space as you desire. Many also feature programmable timers for enhanced convenience.

Since heat pumps don’t use expensive fuel and just run off electricity, they are a low-cost alternative to traditional heaters and air conditioners. Heat pumps work by moving heat, not generating it, which keeps costs and energy consumption low.

That said, heating pumps are more expensive initially than traditional HVAC systems. However, thanks to reduced utility bills and associated running costs like fuel, these systems end up being far more budget-friendly.

Like all other HVAC systems, heat pumps require annual maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. You should schedule heat pump maintenance once per year to minimize energy usage, prevent breakdowns and extend your system’s lifespan.

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