In Hilton Head Island, heat pumps can be a popular option for heating and cooling your residence.
They appear almost like an air conditioner. In actuality, they work in a nearly identical way during high temperatures. Due to a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as heat your home in the winter.
Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Just locate the model number on the outdoor unit and check it online. If you discover you have a heat pump, or you’re thinking over purchasing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps houses cozy.
How Heat Pumps Run
Heat pumps depend on 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 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 surrounded by metal fins that work as a heat sink to help transfer humidity effectively.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from inside the house blows over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and moves away. The following dehumidified air circulates through the ductwork and back into your house.
During this time, the refrigerant moves 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 exterior. The refrigerant heads back inside, passing through an expansion valve that lowers its temperature it greatly, readying it to begin the process from the start.
When your heat pump is installed and maintained appropriately, you’ll have efficient cooling comparable to an energy-efficient air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process happens the other way around. By moving in a different direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm the interior.
Heat pumps working in heating mode are most efficient when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it gets too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater starts to keep your home comfortable, but your heating costs increase as a result.
Heat pumps operate longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as warm. This helps maintain a more even indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps move heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should expect 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by switching to a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are a substitute for the regular AC/furnace setup and need the same amount of maintenance—one checkup in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Epperson Service Experts is the Expert to get in touch with. We’ll size and install your equipment to match your heating and cooling requirements. And then we’ll support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. For more information, contact us at 843-619-3781 today.