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Heat Pumps for Cooling in Your Metroplex Home: How They Work

Posted on: September 6th, 2013 by

Heat Pumps for Cooling in Your Metroplex Home: How They WorkHeat pumps are great news for Texas homeowners who want to beat the heat–and save money. Home cooling is more crucial than ever at this time of year, but don’t sweat it. Learn how heat pumps offer a great energy-saving alternative to traditional air conditioning and heating systems.

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps work as furnaces during the winter and air conditioners during the summer. Unlike traditional heaters and air conditioners, however, they operate through the principle of heat transfer. This means that heat pumps capture heat and move it from warmer areas to cooler areas. A heat pump cools your home in the summer by capturing heat inside the house and releasing it outdoors. In the winter, it heats your home using heat captured from the air outside. A heat pump is made up of an indoor and an outdoor component, each with coils containing refrigerant, an indoor air handler, and tubing connecting the two sides. In the summer, your heat pump captures heat from your home using gaseous refrigerant. The refrigerant then travels through tubing to the outdoor component, where it is compressed into a liquid, releasing the captured heat to be dispersed through the outdoor coils. In the winter, the process is reversed and the heat pump captures heat outdoors and releases it indoors through the air handler.

Heat pump benefits

Heat pumps are one of the most efficient home cooling solutions available. While they are typically more expensive to install than conventional air conditioning systems, they generally provide excellent energy savings in the long run, allowing you to recoup your initial investment. Heat pumps also provide uniform heating within the home, eliminating the frequent temperature fluctuations common with traditional air conditioners. They are also much quieter than most air conditioners, which can be noisy. A heat pump is also much “greener” than most furnaces, since they do not rely on combustion and produce far less environmental pollution.

AirRite delivers top-notch air conditioning and HVAC services to the greater DFW metroplex and we can help you install or maintain a heat pump. Contact us today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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