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How Do Heat Pumps Heat?

money-chimneyThe word “heater” means different things to different people. Yes, you’re always talking about a system that is used to warm someone’s home up in the winter season. There are a lot of different kinds of heaters out there, though. They also heat homes in a lot of different ways. The heat pump is certainly one of the most unique heating systems out there, and it is also one of the most beneficial. If you’re not familiar with heat pumps, this is the post for you!

If you’re curious as to what makes the heat pump so unique, here’s a little tease. The heat pump does more than just heat your home. It can also:

  1. Make you breakfast.
  2. Drive the kids to school.
  3. Cool your home.

Wondering which is the correct answer? Well then, you’ll have to keep reading!

Okay, it’s 3. Cool your home. But keep reading anyway.

We have a lot of good information to share with you, and you may decide that a heat pump is just what you’ve been looking for.

Heating and Cooling: How Does That Work?

It wasn’t really so long ago that the idea of heating and cooling one’s home reliably with a single HVAC system sounded way too good to be true. This is not a matter of science fiction, however. Heat pump technology has actually been around for decades. It’s been fairly recent that it’s really gained traction in the residential sector, though.

Why has it? Because the more homeowners that found out about it, the more homeowners realized how great an investment heat pumps are!

The key to a heat pump’s ability to both heat and cool lies in the refrigerant cycle. More specifically, it lies in the system’s ability to reverse its refrigerant cycle. During the summer a heat pump removes heat from the home by evaporating refrigerant in the evaporator coil. This is the same way that a central AC works. The refrigerant condenses in the outdoor condenser unit, releasing its heat. A heat pump can reverse this operation in order to heat the interior living space.

Heat Transfer vs. Heat Generation

Heat pumps basically move existing heat from one area to another, rather than burning fuel or using electric resistance to create new heat. In the winter, refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor coil. Then it is compressed, boosting its thermal energy, before being condensed in the indoor coil. That allows your heat pump in Aztec, NM, to use the heat gathered outdoors to warm your home.

Our relatively mild winters are actually perfect for using a heat pump. If you have any questions or would like to take advantage of the versatility and efficiency of a heat pump in your home, just give us a call. Our technicians will make sure that your new heat pump is of the right size for your home and that it is installed properly every step of the way.

Schedule service with Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!


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