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What Is a Heat Pump?

When you see the term “heat pump,” you probably envision a device that pumps warm air into your home. While that’s not too far off, a heat pump’s job is to move heat from a warmer area to a cooler one. Instead of burning fuel to create heat, a heat pump uses a small amount of energy to transfer heat that already exists in the air.

When it’s cold outside, a heat pump works to pull heat from the outside air or the ground (heat energy is still present even when temperatures are cold) and transfer it inside your home. When it’s warm outside, the heat pump’s function can be reversed to remove heat from the home, cooling it down. It’s that simple.

Learn more about the inner workings of the heat pump system to see if it’s the right fit for your home’s heating and cooling needs.

How a Heat Pump Works

There are many different kinds of heat pumps, but the type most commonly used to control temperature in a home is the mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system. These systems consist of two main components: an air handler (inside unit) and a heat pump (outside unit).

Within the system, air travels back and forth, between inside and outside components, and the heat is absorbed as a compressor circulates refrigerant. The way a heat pump is set up is based on the fact that heat flows naturally from areas of higher temperatures to areas of lower temperatures. Heat pumps work to reverse this process, pulling heat from a low-temperature area and transferring into a warmer space.

Heat Pump Advantages and Disadvantages

Because heat pumps transfer heat instead of creating it, they use less energy than other heating systems, such as furnaces. So, one big advantage of heat pumps is that they are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly—running on electricity instead of gas or other fuels—than other options.

The fact that heat pumps can also be used to cool your home is another huge advantage. This means there is no need to install separate systems for heating and cooling—it can all be done with a heat pump!

One downside, however, is that heat pumps work best in moderate climates. While Florida winters are mild, our summers are far from it. When it comes to cooling your home, a heat pump may not be enough to combat the heat, making an air conditioning system necessary.

Still, a heat pump is a great energy-saving option for keeping your home warm during Florida’s moderate winters!

Find Comfort With Phoenix Air!

Whether you’re seeking warmth or a refreshing AC, the professional technicians at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC are dedicated to finding the best solution to keep you comfortable in your home. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about our services and what we can do for you!

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