Here in Georgia, we have to take our air conditioning systems with great seriousness. The weather around here in the summer ranges from hot and muggy to very hot and very muggy, so having a great AC in place should be a top priority for any homeowner. If you are thinking about replacing your air conditioner in Summerville, GA this year, or if you need a new AC installed in a new property, you should definitely give the use of a heat pump some thought.
Heat pumps have a lot to offer homeowners, particularly in climates such as ours. More on that below. Before moving on to what a heat pump can do for you, we want to remind you that getting the most out of any home cooling system demands more than a great system. That system must also be professionally installed and serviced. Let our team handle all of your AC needs, heat pump or otherwise!
What Sets a Heat Pump Apart?
On the surface, a heat pump operates exactly like a central air conditioning system. In some regards, this is true. An air-source heat pump will evaporate refrigerant in the indoor evaporator coil in order to draw heat out of the air inside your home. That refrigerant travels to the outdoor unit, where it is compressed and the heat is vented off of the condenser coils. Some humidity is removed from the air in the house during the cooling process, and is drained via the condensate drain line. So what’s the difference?
The ability to reverse the refrigerant cycle.
That’s right. A heat pump can reverse the way in which it works in order to reverse the cooling process. This means that it can heat your home as well as cool it. When in its heating mode, a component called the reversing valve allows refrigerant to flow in the opposite direction. Now, the indoor coil acts as the condenser coil, heating the home. The outdoor coil is used to absorb heat from the air outside, acting as the evaporator coil.
What Are the Benefits?
The most obvious benefit of using a heat pump is the fact that you need just one system in order to both heat and cool your home for year-round comfort. Another added benefit, though, is the fact that a heat pump can heat a home with incredible efficiency. This is because heat is essentially being transferred into the house, rather than generated via fuel combustion or electric resistance.
Some electricity is used in the heat transfer process, of course. If not, then you’d be able to just open your windows in the winter to let the “heat” in. The refrigerant drawing heat out of the air outside must be compressed in order to boost its thermal energy, and the cycling of refrigerant as well as the forcing of air throughout the ductwork all demand that electricity be used as well. However, this is only a fraction of the energy that you’d use with a more traditional heater, and that is reflected in great efficiency levels and low operating costs.
Schedule your heat pump services with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.