If you’re considering a new HVAC system for your Coral Springs, FL home, chances are a heat pump is among your choices. After all, they’re among the most efficient systems on the market and are gaining popularity among homeowners. However, you may not know exactly how they work since they’re not anything like the other conventional heating and cooling options you have to choose from. Here’s how heat pumps work and why you should consider installing one.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump moves heat from one place to another. They operate exclusively on electricity and don’t consume energy to generate heat. Instead, they collect and amplify heat energy found in the outside air to use for heating your home. Then, in the summer, they collect and amplify heat energy from your home’s indoor air and carry the heat outside. A heat pump can operate at up to 400% efficiency under optimal conditions.
The Science Behind Heat Pumps
Heat pumps can function the way they do due to the second law of thermodynamics. It states that heat will naturally move toward colder surfaces or areas. Heat pumps take advantage of that by using the refrigeration cycle. In the winter, a heat pump reduces the pressure on a refrigerant, making it colder than the outside air. That refrigerant then passes through a heat exchanger outside, where a fan blows outdoor air across it. As that happens, the refrigerant absorbs heat energy from the air, boiling it into a vapor in the process.
Next, the heat pump uses a compressor to increase the pressure of the refrigerant vapor, increasing its temperature in the process. At that point, the system pumps the now-hot refrigerant inside, where it passes through another heat exchanger. That’s where another fan blows cool air from inside your home across it, heating it and your home. In the summer, a reversing valve allows a heat pump to use the same process in reverse.
Now that you know how heat pumps work and how efficient they can be, count on Brisk Air to install one in your Coral Springs home. We’ve served homes and businesses in the area since 1972, offering complete HVAC installation, repair and maintenance services. We also offer indoor air quality solutions and duct services as well. With us, you’ll get fair, up-front pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on everything we do. Contact Brisk Air and we’ll help you choose the right heat pump for your Coral Springs home.