How a Heat Pump Cools Your Residence

In Oklahoma City, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your house.

They look almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they run in the same way during warm weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can transfer humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your house when temperatures drop.

Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking over buying one, learn more about how this HVAC unit keeps homes cozy.

How Heat Pumps Operate

Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner. Most can operate akin to a ductless mini-split, as 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 shift warmth. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer heat properly.

Summertime Cooling

In cooling mode, the refrigerant starts in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts heat. Moisture in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The following cool air circulates through the ductwork and back into your house.

Meanwhile, 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 goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the outside. The refrigerant moves back indoors, passing through an expansion valve that cools it significantly, readying it to go through the process all over again.

When your heat pump is replaced and maintained properly, you’ll get efficient cooling on par with an energy-saving air conditioner.

Wintertime Heating

In heating mode, the heat exchange cycle occurs the other way around. By flowing in a different direction, refrigerant removes heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your home to warm the inside.

Heat pumps running in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it turns too cold, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your residence cozy, but your heating costs go up as a result.

Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces as the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.

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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and economical. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace system and require the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.

If you want to install a heat pump, Gordon's Service Experts is the Expert to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll uphold our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 405-432-2197 today.

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