When you need to replace your current HVAC system, consider the advantages of choosing a heat pump. Heat pumps and air conditioners both cool homes, but when you opt for a heat pump, you also get an appliance that’s capable of heating as well.
All cooling systems remove the heat in a home by using refrigerant that flows through an evaporator coil. As air blows over the coil inside the air handler, the refrigerant absorbs the excess heat and sends it outdoors.
Heat pumps differ from air conditioners in that they have a reversing valve that switches the direction of the refrigerant in the winter so that it absorbs the heat in the outside air and brings it indoors. It sends the warmed refrigerant into the evaporator coil, and the air passing over it heats up and blows through the ductwork to warm your home.
Additional advantages of choosing a heat pump include:
- High efficiency. If you’re using electric heat in your home, a heat pump will result in an immediate reduction in electric consumption. Heat pumps extract available heat instead of creating it, which requires less energy by a factor of three and more.
- Safety. A standard heat pump doesn’t rely on any combustion fuel to heat, increasing its safety. There’s no risk of exposure to carbon monoxide and other byproducts from combustion fuels or from gas leaks.
- Efficient water heating. You can equip a heat pump with a desuperheater, which is a device that uses the waste heat from your home’s air to heat your water, a swimming pool, or a hot tub in the summer. Energy costs attributable to water heating in typical households rank second, just after cooling your home.
For more information about the advantages of choosing a heat pump, contact Davis Air Conditioning, proudly helping southwestern Oklahoma homeowners with their HVAC needs since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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