What Is a Heat Pump and How Does It Work?
Florida residents are no stranger to brutally hot summer temperatures, and they know the importance of having an effective air conditioning unit to combat the heat. But what about those cooler nights during our (fairly mild) winters?
To meet year-round heating and cooling demands, you should consider having a heat pump professionally installed. Below, we’ll dive into how heat pumps operate and the benefits they offer.
So, What Is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps run by transferring heat from one place to another, similar to a refrigerator. During the hot, humid summers in Florida, heat pumps extract the heat in your home and pump it outside to leave you with cool, refreshing air. In the winter, it transfers heat from the outdoors into your home.
These units are ideal for those looking for an energy-efficient, convenient unit that can provide both heating and cooling based on their needs. The types of heat pumps you can choose from include:
- Air-to-air heat pump or air-source heat pump (ASHP)
- Ductless mini-split heat pump
- Geothermal heat pump/water-to-air heat pump
- Absorption heat pump
How Heat Pumps Use Refrigerant to Transfer Heat
Refrigerant is a fluid that has a very low boiling point that can be manipulated by increasing or decreasing the pressure to absorb heat through phase transition. When these refrigerants change from a liquid to a gas it absorbs a lot of energy or heat. All air conditioning systems have heat pumps that use refrigerant. Air conditioning systems use relationship between pressure and temperature to transfer heat.
When the refrigerant changes from a liquid state to a gas state it absorbs heat at a high quantity. Refrigerants have a low boiling point and they are used because they will boil at room temperature. The boiling point can be altered by adjusting the pressure of the refrigerant allow the system to control the evaporation of the refrigerant.
What Can Go Wrong With Your Heat Pump?
Heat pumps work hard to exceed your heating and cooling needs. Because they operate year-round and can produce both heat and air conditioning depending on what you and your home need, they’re typically met with more wear and tear and are inevitably at a higher risk of malfunctioning.
When this happens, you need a repair — and fast! Keep an eye out for signs a repair is due, including:
- Your system is short-cycling.
- Your unit isn’t producing adequate heating or cooling.
- You notice leaks or water pooling around your system.
- Your unit is emitting loud noises or bad odors.
- Your monthly bills are higher than usual.
Heat Pumps Have Your Back
Whether you need heat in the winter or cool air in the summer, heat pumps can provide both seamlessly. To ensure your heat pump is working at its best, you need to hire a professional for every heat pump service, and the team at Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical has the tools to get each job done right the first time.
With over half a century of experience in the industry, our skilled technicians are eager to tackle your heat pump needs.
We’re excited to work with you! Let us make your heating and cooling dreams a reality and supply you with exceptional heat pump services.