When you think about air conditioning, chances are you imagine a traditional central air conditioner. While central air conditioning units are quite effective at keeping homes cool, however, they are not the only option available. Plenty of other options exist for cooling your home during the warm season, one of which is a heat pumps. Have a look at the reasons why you should consider a heat pump for air conditioning this summer.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is constructed in a similar fashion to an air conditioner, with one unit installed inside and one outside. The two units are connected by power and refrigerant lines, allowing them to work together. During operation, the inside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat from the indoor air. Then it sends the refrigerant gas to the outdoor unit to be condensed back into a liquid. This releases the thermal energy outside of the home.
What Are the Benefits of a Heat Pump?
Though a heat pump may be similar to an air conditioner, it provides a number of advantages that an air conditioner cannot. First among these is that a heat pump can actually provide both heating and cooling functions. A heat pump can actually reverse the flow of refrigerant through its system. This causes the heat pump to absorb heat from outside, and release it inside to warm the home. By acting as both a heater and air conditioner, a heat pump can save you a great deal of space and money that would otherwise have to go to installing a separate system. They also have higher energy-efficiency in heating mode than heating systems, such as furnaces, that burn fuel to create heat.
If you’d like to know more about how heat pumps work and the advantages they provide, call Touchstone Heating and Air Inc. We install heat pumps throughout Gainesville, FL.