Summer is not far off now, and it’s time to get your home ready for the hottest months of the year. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you should consider the benefits of installing a heat pump. Though it may seem like it’s little more than a traditional air conditioner at first, a heat pump actually offers some unique benefits. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits now.
Heat Pump Operation
As mentioned above, heat pumps are constructed pretty similarly to air conditioning systems. There are two units comprising the system, one inside the home and one outside. When in cooling mode, the inside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the surrounding air. It then sends the refrigerant gas outside to the other unit, where it is condensed back into liquid to vent the heat. This cools the air in your home in pretty much the same fashion that a traditional air conditioner would. The main difference between the two systems is that a heat pump includes a part called the reversing valve. The reversing valve allows the system to act as either a heater or air conditioner by reversing the flow of refrigerant.
Advantages of Heat Pumps
The ability to act as both a heater and air conditioner means that your heat pump can save you quite a bit of money. Instead of spending money and space on a completely separate system, you just need to install a heat pump to take care of both functions. Heat pumps also don’t burn fuel to generate heat, which makes them quite a bit more energy efficient than traditional heating systems.
If you want to know more about the benefits of heat pumps, call Touchstone Heating & Air, Inc. We offer a full range of heat pump installation services throughout Starke, FL.