How a Heat Pump Keeps You Warm Efficiently

How a Heat Pump Keeps You Warm Efficiently

When you are in the market for a new heating system, you might consider the efficiency of a central heat pump. Many of our customers have not actually heard of a heat pump before we explain it to them, but it turns out that it is one of the most efficient and effective systems for heating in Riverside, CA.

We’ll explain how these systems work in the guide below so that you can make an informed decision about whether this may or may not be the right comfort system for you. But for more information or an estimate for your home, fill out our contact form, and we will get right back to you.

Heating and Cooling in One

A heat pump has an indoor blower unit and coil as well as an outdoor unit. If you look at the outside portion of the system, you may not be able to distinguish it from a standard central AC. That’s because—it turns out—they have most of the same parts, but a heat pump has a few extra added in.

A heat pump provides heating and cooling, and both require refrigeration. You may think: “But refrigeration is only for cooling!” However, refrigeration is actually a process of heat exchange.

How It Works

Refrigerant, a chemical blend, is used to cycle throughout the entire system (from the inside unit to the outside unit and over again) for both heating and cooling. A simple explanation for how a heat pump and air conditioner cools a home:

  • Air from around your home is sucked into the duct system with the blower fan.
  • Refrigerant evaporates at the inside evaporator coil is able to absorb heat from the air moving over the coil.
  • Air moving over the coil is able to cool as heat is removed.
  • Refrigerant continues outside to release heat as it condenses, and the cycle repeats.

When you switch it into heating mode, the process reverses. Now, instead of removing heat from the home and bring it indoors, the heat pump’s reversing valve kicks in. Refrigerant can absorb heat from the air outside (even when it is very cold) and move that heat indoors.

Is a Heat Pump the Most Efficient Option?

So will a heat pump save you more money than another type of heating system? It depends. In cooler climates, a furnace or boiler is typically preferential. But in our service area, the answer is often a yes.

Heat pumps run on electricity, but they use a significantly smaller amount of electricity than other systems (like electric furnaces). An electric furnace or portable heater uses electric resistance for heating, generating a high amount of heat output constantly to keep you warm.

But a heat pump only moves heat from place to place, rather than generating it. This means that it does not need to consume so much electricity, which puts the cost to run a heat pump much lower than the cost to run an electric furnace. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, heat pumps use about 50% of the electricity of an electric furnace! And that means major savings passed down to you.

For more information or to schedule heating services in Riverside, CA, call Allstar Home Services today.


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