When you’re looking into replacing an air conditioner and heating system around the same time, you may have someone tell you that a new heat pump can replace both systems at once. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner, with an indoor unit and outdoor unit through which refrigerant, a chemical blend, continuously cycles. But a couple of questions often come up when homeowners hear about this relatively new type of unit. How can the same technology used for air conditioning also provide heat? Will a heat pump be sufficient for heating installation in Middletown?
An air conditioner works by subjecting refrigerant to a couple of conversions that allow it to effectively absorb and release heat. First, refrigerant gains pressure at the compressor. It condenses at an outdoor coil where it simultaneously gives off heat to the surrounding air. Then, refrigerant travels into the house where the fan blows warm air over a coil so that it can evaporate and absorb heat. Therefore, an air conditioner doesn’t actually create any cool air at all; it moves heat out of the house.
A heat pump contains some additional components, but the key feature is the reversing valve. The reversing valve allows refrigerant to flow in the opposite direction, carrying heat into the home from the outside. This is effective even when temperatures drop very low, and in our area a heat pump won’t run into trouble operating throughout the year.
In most cases, a heat pump should provide just as much heating as a furnace, so long as it’s well cared-for and professionally maintained. But this is true for any heating system, and annual or twice annual professional maintenance is vital in ensuring year-round comfort and efficiency. A unit will run at its best when all the parts are cleaned and adjusted properly, which a technician can do at any maintenance visit. Besides that, a heat pump (or any other heating system) must be properly sized for your home in order to offer sufficient heating, a job which requires careful calculations and precision installation.
Call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning to find out why a heat pump may be the best choice for air conditioning and heating installation in Middletown. Our licensed technicians can help you understand your options and also provide quality repairs and maintenance.