How Does a Heat Pump Work?

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

A great home comfort system needs to keep you cool in hot weather and warm when temperatures get chilly. Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can take care of both heating and cooling to keep your indoor climate pleasant all year long. Here is what you should know about heat pumps.

How a Heat Pump Works

When the weather is chilly outdoors and the heat pump is switched to heating mode, it draws warmth from outside and channels it into your home’s interior. To understand how this works, first keep in mind that heat seeks out cooler temperatures. A heat pump uses refrigerant, which is processed by the system to make it very cold as it passes through the heat pump’s outdoor coils. Because the refrigerant has been chilled, it easily absorbs heat from external air. From here, heat pumps into your home’s interior.

When a heat pump is in cooling mode, the process is simply reversed. Heat is absorbed from the indoor air and pumped to the outdoors.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps redistribute warmth. This makes them more efficient than a furnace or air conditioner, which uses extra energy to create heat or cool a room down. This means you will typically see a reduction in your energy bills when you switch to a heat pump.

Heat pumps are a safer solution for heating than a gas furnace.

Heat pumps can switch from cooling or heating modes very quickly, which means greater versatility in climate control. Weather patterns can be a little strange at certain times of the year with temperatures varying significantly from day to day. When you have a heat pump, you won’t have to wait very long for your home’s interior to be brought to a comfortable temperature.

Most heat pumps dehumidify the air better than an air conditioner. High indoor humidity makes everyone uncomfortable and can lead to mildew and mold growth. You will feel cooler and more comfortable with a heat pump running because of the humidity control.

Think a Heat Pump Is Right For Your Home?

When you decide it is time to improve your home’s climate, look to the heat pump experts at Engineered Air. We’ll discuss all of your heating and cooling options to find the best comfort solution for your home. Give us a call today to learn more, or schedule an appointment online.