For many Californians, the idea of subzero winter temperatures and foot upon foot of snow is enough to make us shudder. We get some chilly weather in this area during the winter season, but we definitely don’t get hit as hard as they do in, say, Minnesota or Vermont. The fact that our winters are relatively mild actually means that we live in a prime location for the use of a heat pump.
To understand the way a heat pump works, you have to understand the refrigerant cycle and the heat transfer process that it employs. In the summer, a heat pump works just like a central air conditioner. The refrigerant in the system is evaporated in the indoor evaporator coil, allowing it to absorb heat from the air surrounding that coil. The refrigerant then releases its heat outdoors via the condenser coils, and the cool air is distributed throughout the house.
The compressor in the outdoor unit continually pumps this refrigerant through the system until the desired temperature is met inside. Now, the difference with a heat pump is that this whole process can be reversed. In the winter, the refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor coil, it is compressed to boost its thermal energy, and that heat is used to heat air as the refrigerant is condensed indoors. This is incredibly efficient, as heat is transferred rather than generated anew.
Because the main attraction of a heat pump is the fact that you can heat your home with outstanding energy efficiency, it stands to reason that you want to guarantee that your heat pump will operate at peak efficiency levels. This will only be the case if your heat pump installation is completed by a qualified professional. Dialing our number to schedule service ensures that your system will be appropriately sized and installed correctly every step of the way.
Hopefully you already know just how vital it is to schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC systems in order to help them excel in their operation. However, you need to keep in mind the fact that your heat pump is essentially pulling double duty. Because it acts as both a heater and an air conditioner, it should be getting twice the amount of maintenance.