In Pierre, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your house.
They appear almost like an air conditioner. In fact, they operate in a similar fashion during high temperatures. Due to a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as heat your house in the winter.
Not sure if you rely on a heat pump or an air conditioner? All you have to do is locate the model number on the outdoor unit and run it online. If it turns out you have a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, discover how this HVAC system keeps residences comfortable.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps use a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to shift heat. The outdoor unit also has a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer heat efficiently.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant removes warmth. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dripping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The ensuing dehumidified air flows through the ductwork and back into your house.
During this time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This constricts the refrigerant, forcing it to get hotter. As it goes through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to emit heat to the exterior. The refrigerant heads back inside, traveling through an expansion valve that chills it significantly, readying it to go through the process from the start.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process 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 interior.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is warmer than freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater kicks on to keep your residence cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.
Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces because the air doesn’t get as heated. This helps sustain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move warmth rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating bills by using a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace configuration and need the same amount of maintenance—one service in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Peitz Service Experts is the contractor to call. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 605-223-0307 today.