The number of options on the heating market has exploded in recent decades, with a huge variety of different types to choose from. The sheer number of options can be so overwhelming that most people stick to the system types they know, rather than bothering to deal with any other types. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, though, you really should take a look at what heat pumps have to offer. Let’s take a look at how heat pumps work, and what they can do for you.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is constructed very much like an air conditioner. There are two units, one installed inside and one outside, connected by power and refrigerant lines. When in heating mode, the outside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy. It then sends the refrigerant gas down the refrigerant line to the inside unit, where it is condensed to release heat into the home. The system includes a part called the reversing valve, which can reverse the flow of refrigerant. This allows it to provide both heating and cooling modes.
Advantages of Using a Heat Pump
Since heat pumps don’t have to burn fuel to generate heat, they’re quite a bit more energy efficient than traditional heating systems. You’ll notice a substantial decrease in your heating costs after installing a heat pump, if you’ve been relying on a combustion heating system prior to that. The ability to offer both heating and cooling modes also saves quite a bit of space and money that would otherwise go to a separate system. If you’re looking to save money without sacrificing output, then a heat pump could be just the thing you need.
Call Douglas Cooling & Heating for a full range of heat pump installation services throughout Vestavia, AL.