How Does a Heat Pump Work?

November 17, 2016
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Mild winters are a great benefit of living in Longview, Texas. Very rarely do we have to endure extreme weather conditions or their consequences. Since we normally don’t need to worry about blasting the heat throughout the fall and winter months, we can consider other options for efficiently heating our homes. Heat pumps move heat, rather than generate it, and are an efficient solution for heating homes in moderate climates. Here’s a look at how these systems work.

Heat Pump Technology

Standard air conditioners and furnaces can consume a lot of electricity when cooling and heating your home. Heat pumps, on the other hand, take heat from one area and move it to where it is needed. That is, during the cooling season, heat is removed from the air in your home and sent outdoors. To heat your home, the unit extracts air from outdoors. Heat pump systems consist of two units: an outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler. Heat pumps can either move heat to and from the air (air source heat pumps) or the ground (geothermal heat pumps).

Benefits and Drawbacks

Since heat pumps simply move heat, they operate with higher efficiency. Older model systems don’t have the power of a standard HVAC system, so in extreme climates, they will not be able to cool or heat your home efficiently. Newer designs can work very well even when temperatures dip below freezing. Heat pumps are also safer to operate, require less maintenance, and often have longer lifespans.

Once again, despite the many efficiency benefits of heat pumps, they do not work well in every situation. If you are considering a geothermal heat pump, make sure to get a consultation from one of our experienced technicians. We won’t just sell you a system; we’ll make sure that it is ideal for your needs.

A heat pump is a great cooling or heating option to consider for your Texas home. To start saving money with a heat pump, call JD’s A/C and Heating today at (903) 759-7483.

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