How a Heat Pump Cools Your House

In Tulsa, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your house.

They look about the same as an air conditioner. In reality, they operate in the same way during warm weather. Due to a reversing valve, they can transfer heat in the opposite direction as well as heat your residence when it's cold.

Not sure if you have a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re considering installing one, find out how this HVAC equipment keeps houses comfortable.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps rely on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run similar to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps have an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to transfer humidity. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help shift warmth effectively.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes humidity. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and moves away. The resulting cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your residence.

At the same time, the refrigerant passes through a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, causing it to heat up even more. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outdoor fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant travels back into your house, moving through an expansion valve that cools it considerably, readying it to begin the process from the start.

When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling on par with an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

In heating mode, the heat exchange process takes place the other way around. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and vents it into your house to warm rooms.

Heat pumps operating in heating mode are most useful when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it turns too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your house cozy, but your heating costs go up as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps keep a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift hot air rather than generating it from a fuel source, they can perform well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating bills by installing a heat pump.

Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away

Heat pumps are good for the environment and economical. They are a substitute for the traditional AC/furnace setup and should have the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Jack Nelson Service Experts is the contractor to call. We’ll size and install your equipment to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 918-212-8927 today.

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