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HVAC REPLACEMENT TIP: CONSIDER A HEAT PUMP

We’re at a tough time of the year, comfort-wise. You may be tempted to call it a season for your heating system when daytime temperatures are sneaking up into the 70’s and, occasionally, even into the 80’s. Then night falls, though, and all of a sudden we’re back down into the 40’s. The balancing act will ease up a little over the course of the next few weeks, when warmer temperatures really settle in. That should have you thinking about any necessary HVAC replacements on the horizon.

If you are thinking about replacing your heater at the end of this season, or your AC prior to the onset of the summer season — or especially both — then you should really consider the installation of a heat pump in Houston, TX. They really do make a lot of sense for homeowners in our area. We’ve discussed them before, but let us give you a quick reminder of what a heat pump brings to the table.

Year Round Comfort, and Just One System

The reason that we say to consider a heat pump especially if both your heating and air conditioning systems are ready for replacement is due to the fact that the installation of a heat pump covers all of your bases. Heat pumps are widely renowned for their unique ability to both heat and cool homes. The key to this ability lies not just in its exploitation of heat transfer via the refrigerant cycle, but also its ability to reverse that cycle.

Evaporating and Condensing Refrigerant

An air conditioner, as well as a heat pump, has an evaporator coil and a condenser unit using coils to disperse heat. The difference between the two is that an air conditioner uses those coils in the same way at all times. Refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil, which is located indoors. That draws heat out of the air. The refrigerant then travels outdoors to the condenser, and its heat is released outside. The heat pump functions this way, as well, but only in the summer. In the winter, a component called the reversing valve allows for this process to be reversed.

Not only is the directional flow of the refrigerant reversed, but the operation of the coils is reversed as well. By evaporating refrigerant in the outdoor unit, and condensing it indoors, the heat pump is able to use existing heat in the air outside in order heat a home with incredible efficiency. It’s not the same as opening up a window on a winter’s night to let “heat” in, of course. After evaporating outdoors, the refrigerant is also compressed in order to boost its thermal energy. This process requires just a fraction of the energy that creating new heat would, though.

Double the Work, Double the Maintenance

A heat pump can save you a lot of money when it’s properly installed and serviced. Don’t think that you’ll save even more money by having just one system to tune up each year, though. Because the heat pump is doubling the workload of a single, designated heater or AC, it requires double the maintenance. You’ll still need heating maintenance and AC maintenance. The difference is it’s the same system being maintained both times.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating with any questions that you may have, or to schedule your heat pump installation.

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