In Kitchener, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your residence.
They seem very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a nearly identical way during the summer. Because of a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house in the winter.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you need to do is find the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If you find you own a heat pump, or you’re considering purchasing one, find out how this HVAC system keeps homes cozy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps have a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run like a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps rely on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to move humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help shift heat properly.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out warmth. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and drains away. The resulting cold air circulates 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 compresses the refrigerant, leading it to heat up even more. As it flows through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, readying it to begin the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll get efficient cooling equivalent to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
In heating mode, the heat exchange cycle happens the opposite way. By moving in the opposite direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your house to warm rooms.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most effective when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your house comfortable, but your heating costs go up as a result.
Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t become as heated. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. Additionally, because heat pumps shift warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by switching to a heat pump.
Schedule Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away
Heat pumps are a green choice and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace configuration and should have the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your unit to match your heating and cooling demands. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 519-804-1617 right away.