In Edmonton, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.
They look very similar to an air conditioner. In fact, they work in the same way during hot weather. Since they have a reversing valve, they can shift warmth in the opposite direction as well as add comfort to your home when temperatures drop.
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 look it up online. If it turns out you use a heat pump, or you’re considering getting one, discover how this HVAC unit keeps houses comfy.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system like an air conditioner. Most can work akin to a ductless mini-split, as they can heat and cool. Heat pumps use an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is sent through these coils to transfer warmth. The outdoor unit also uses a compressor and is encircled by metal fins that act as a heat sink to help shift warmth effectively.
In cooling mode, the refrigerant begins in the evaporator coil. Air from within the house is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant extracts warmth. Wetness in the air also condenses on the coil, falling into the condensate pan below and flows away. The ensuing cold air moves through the ductwork and back into your residence.
At the same time, the refrigerant flows a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, leading it to warm up. As it goes through the condensing coil, the outside fan and metal fins help to exhaust heat to the exterior. The refrigerant moves back indoors, moving through an expansion valve that cools it greatly, preparing it to go through the process from the start.
When your heat pump is replaced and maintained appropriately, you’ll enjoy efficient cooling equivalent to a high-performance air conditioner.
When your heat pump is set to heat, the heat exchange process occurs in reverse. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into your residence to warm rooms.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature is above freezing outside. If it becomes too frigid, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your house cozy, but your heating costs rise as a result.
Heat pumps work longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t get as warm. This helps keep a more even indoor temperature. Also, because heat pumps transfer heat rather than creating it from a fuel source, they can work well above 100% efficiency. You should receive 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by switching to a heat pump.
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Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and money-saving. They replace the standard AC/furnace configuration and require the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.
If you’d like to install a heat pump, Rob's Albertan Service Experts is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your system to match your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll uphold our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To find out more, contact us at 780-800-9047 now.