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Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, December 25th, 2017 at 11:00 am

hot-and-cold-homesIt is certainly a possibility! Here in Florida, heat pumps are very popular home comfort systems. While there are a lot of great heaters and air conditioners on the market today, the heat pump’s unique method of operation makes it an ideal solution for year-round comfort in this part of the country. If you are thinking about replacing a heater or an air conditioner, or if you’re in the process of building a new home and are reviewing your HVAC options, be sure to keep the heat pump in mind.

Also keep in mind the fact that even the best HVAC systems on the market, heat pumps included, are only going to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if they are properly sized, designed, installed, and serviced by trained professionals. Our team is here to help you to determine if a heat pump is the right option for your home, and we’re also happy to handle every heat pump service that you’ll need down the road. Contact us today if you’re interested in using a heat pump in Orlando.

How Can One System Both Heat and Cool?

Thanks to a component called a reversing valve, that’s how! During the summer, when the temperatures around here are brutally hot, the heat pump pretty much acts just like a standard central air conditioner. That means that it completes a refrigerant cycle over and over in order to remove heat from your home.

Refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil of the system, located indoors. As this happens, heat is drawn out of the air. The warm refrigerant then travels out to the outdoor condenser unit,  where its heat is released as it is condensed. The difference between a heat pump and a central AC is that the aforementioned reversing valve allows for the reversal of this process.

When in its heating mode, the heat pump evaporates refrigerant outdoors.  This allows it to draw heat out of the air outside. The refrigerant is compressed in order to maximize its thermal energy, then travels indoors, where it is condensed. That allows the heat taken from outside to be used in order to heat your home.

What Are the Benefits?

We live in an area where winter weather is really quite mild. Even so, everyone needs to have a heater in place for those times when temperatures do drop below comfortable levels. Many homeowners like the fact that they can invest in just one system without the need for an independent heater that is not going to be used all that much. The benefit of having just one HVAC system to maintain and store on your property is a big plus.

Additionally, there is the efficiency of the heat pump to consider. At no point does the heat pump’s operation include the generating of new heat. Instead, the heat transfer process is used. This utilization of existing heat from the air outside means that the heat pump can heat your home in a very affordable manner.

Schedule your heat pump services with the pros at Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc.

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