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Drain and Sewer
How a Heat Pump System Both Heats and Cools
A heat pump works much like an air conditioner: a compressor places refrigerant at high pressure, which then moves between a set of indoor and outdoor coils. Through condensation, the refrigerant absorbs heat in one location and then releases it in another through evaporation. What makes the heat pump different from the air conditioner is that it can switch the direction the refrigerant moves thanks to a component called a reversing valve. This allows the heat pump to change from working as an air conditioner (removing heat from indoors) to working as a heater (moving heat to the indoors). It only takes an adjustment on the thermostat to change the heat pump from one mode to the other.
Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump Installation
The biggest advantage of installing a heat pump is that it takes care of two comfort needs with one unit. There are other advantages to consider as well:
- Energy–efficient heating: In cooling mode, a heat pump works at the same level of energy efficiency as a standard AC of the same size. But in heating mode, a heat pump has superior energy efficiency compared to most other heating systems. This is because heat pumps do not burn fuel to create heat, they instead use electrical power to move heat. A heat pump that’s well–matched to a home’s heating needs can mean hundreds of dollars in savings each winter.
- Safety: Heat pumps are among the safest ways to provide a household with heating. They do not use heating oil or natural gas that might create toxic exhaust. In fact, their cabinets do not even warm up when in heating mode.
Call Us for Heat Pump Repairs and Maintenance
Although manufacturers build heat pumps to last for many years, there is no guarantee that one won’t encounter a malfunction at some point during its service life. For example, a failure of the reversing valve can cause a heat pump to become stuck in one mode. Whenever you have a heat pump that isn’t working as it should, you can call our technicians for repair service: we answer the phones 24/7. We also recommend you enroll in routine maintenance that will see that your heat pump receives biannual inspections and tune–ups to keep it operating as trouble–free as possible.
No matter what you are looking for in heat pump service in Durham, NC, you only need to call Bud Matthews Services to ensure that you have high quality work.