Summer is upon us, and air conditioners across the country are starting to see daily use. Some homeowners, however, find themselves in the position of having to find a replacement for their air conditioners. Maybe their systems are just old and broken down. Maybe they just want a more effective cooling solution. No matter what the reason, though, the important thing is to realize that there are more options available than the traditional centralized air conditioner. One of these options is the heat pump. Let’s take a closer look at the heat pump, and the advantages of installing one.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a system that is actually very similar to a centralized air conditioner. There are two units, one indoors and one outdoors. The two units are connected by power and refrigerant lines, which allows them to operate in tandem. During cooling mode, the heat pump evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the air. The refrigerant gas then travels to the outdoor unit to be condensed into a liquid. This is how the heat pump cools the home.
The Benefits of Heat Pumps
Though there are many similarities between heat pump systems and air conditioners, a heat pump can do certain things that a typical air conditioner cannot. One of the biggest examples of this is the heat pump’s reversing valve. The reversing valve is a part that allows the heat pump to reverse the flow of refrigerant through the system. By doing this, the heat pump can act as a heater as well as an air conditioner. This makes it much more efficient than a traditional heater or air conditioner, as it combines the functions of both.
If you’d like to know more, call Roznovak’s Services. We install and service heat pumps throughout Austin, TX