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How Does an Air Source Heat Pump Work?

If you are thinking about how to cool down your home, the first thing that comes to mind is not likely to be an air source heat pump. You are more likely to think of an air conditioner or a fan. Investing in a heat pump can be a wise choice, since it can heat and cool your home, as opposed to having separate systems for heating and cooling.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a piece of equipment that is capable of moving heat from one location to another using a small amount of energy. They can pull heat out of the air or the ground to heat your home or office, but they can also be reversed to cool down the interior environment as well.

Advantages of Using a Heat Pump

Along with the advantage of not having to install two HVAC (ventilating and air conditioning) systems in your home, one advantage of choosing a heat pump is that it works very efficiently. Rather than burning fuel to create heat, they simply transfer it, which makes them a more environmentally friendly choice for homeowners.

They are a good choice for homeowners living in moderate climates. You can save money by choosing this option instead of a furnace and air conditioner for your home.

How an Air Source Heat Pump Works

A heat pump works on the principle that heat moves from a location where there is a high temperature to one where there is a lower temperature. The heat pump uses a small amount of energy to switch the process into reverse and pull heat out of a low-temperature area to pump it into a higher temperature one. The heat is transferred from a heat source, such as the ground or the air, into a heat sink, like your home.

Air Source Heat Pump

An air source heat pump is one of the most common types of heat pumps available on the market. It takes heat from the air outside your home or office and pumps it back indie through refrigerant-filled coils. The idea is not that different from what you will find on the back of your refrigerator. It has two fans, refrigerator coils, a reversing valve and a compressor.

To cool your home, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant so that the system operates in the opposite direction from when it is heating. When the refrigerant is reversed, it absorbs heat on the indoor side of the unit and flows back to the outside. The heat is released, allowing the refrigerant to cool down and flow back inside to pick up more heat. The process repeats until the interior of your home is cool.

To schedule your appointment to discuss installation of a new heat pump, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700.

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