Everything You Need to Know about Heat Pumps

December 24, 2014

Everything You Need to Know about Heat Pumps

Heat pumps can cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. If you’re new to the idea of this innovative solution to efficiently keeping your home at a comfortable temperature in an environmentally-friendly way, here’s what you need to know.

heat pumpsWhat They Are

Basically, heat pumps are mechanical-compression refrigeration devices that can heat or cool a controlled space. When you have one of these systems installed in your home, it will typically include two main parts. The first is an indoor unit known as the air handler, and the second is an outdoor unit. This outdoor unit slightly resembles a traditional air conditioning unit, but is known as a heat pump. To heat or cool a building, the compressor circulates refrigerant that is responsible for absorbing and releasing heat as it goes between both the outdoor and indoor components.

How They Work

Depending on the season, heat pumps constantly move warm air from one area to another. During the winter, the heat pump will extract warm air from outside and then move it inside. When warmer temperatures are present, the pump will act almost like an air conditioner and remove heat accumulating inside your home.

The Benefits

Heat pumps are extremely energy-efficient, since they move heat instead of generating it. Additionally, since these systems use the energy from the sun, you can significantly reduce your home or business’ heating and cooling costs.

To find out more about heat pumps, how they work, and their benefits, give us a call at HAYNES Heating & Cooling.

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