Heat pumps work by extracting heat from one place and transferring it to another. This type of technology has eco-friendly benefits because it recycles heat found in the air and ground. Not only can you help save the environment, but you can also lower your utility costs. Air Authority explains how heat pumps work to keep your home comfortable.
The basic principle of heat pumps revolves around moving heat between the air in your home and the air or ground outside of your home. A heat pump doesn’t actually generate heat, unlike gas burners or electric coils in a furnace. This technology uses principles of physics to absorb heat before transferring the heat to the outside or inside. Despite the name, a heat pump can both cool and heat your home. All the system does is transfer heat from one location to another.
Heat pumps have an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. Both units have a fan to move the air and a condenser that determines whether the machinery makes your home warm or cold. A compressor pressurizes the refrigerant to move it through pipes that run outside of your home. This refrigerant represents the key to how heat pumps work. An expansion valve regulates the flow of refrigerant through the pipes.
When the refrigerant evaporates or condenses as the fan blows it over coils, it either releases or absorbs energy. Air temperatures drop when the refrigerant evaporates. The opposite occurs when the liquid condenses. The compressors and air handlers determine the temperature of the air as it comes into your home after receiving instructions from the thermostat. A heat pump could use both evaporation and condensation at the same time in a continuous cycle when the system is active.
Heat pumps are eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and safe to use. This type of system works on electricity instead of gas, and there are no heating coils that gather dust. Therefore, you don’t have to deal with that burning dust smell when you first turn on the heat in October or November. You also don’t have to worry about a gas smell or safety issues in case the pilot light of your furnace goes out. Over the life of your system, you can lower your utility costs substantially with a heat pump because your HVAC system consumes more energy than any other appliance in your home.
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Air Authority has decades of experience in the HVAC industry. We can come out to your home and determine if your property is a candidate for an energy-efficient heat pump. Contact Air Authority or call us at (513) 229-0789 for more info on what we can do for you.