Tallahassee isn’t the coldest climate in the world. Or the country. Or, you know, the coast. Truth be told, your air conditioner will definitely see a heck of a lot more use than your home heating system does. So no real reason to give your heater all that much thought, right?
Well, that’s not true, but you likely already knew that.
No, your heater isn’t going to see as much action as your air conditioning system will. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still vitally important. If you’re serious about living comfortably, then a great heater is a must. And if you’re serious about great heating, then ask our Tallahassee, FL, HVAC pros about our heat pumps offerings.
What Exactly Is a Heat Pump?
Let’s start by talking about what an air conditioner is. An AC does not generate coolness the way a furnace generates heat. That makes no sense. What an air conditioner actually does is remove heat from homes. And that’s what a heat pump does to heat your home—but in reverse.
The Refrigerant Cycle
In order to remove heat from an indoor space, an air conditioner evaporates refrigerant. In doing so, the system draws heat out of the air in the house. That heat is then released into the air outside as the refrigerant is condensed in the outdoor unit.
A heat pump uses this same cycle to heat homes. It just has to run it in reverse. When you heat your home with a heat pump, refrigerant is evaporated in the outdoor coil. It’s brought inside, after being compressed to further boost its thermal energy and it’s condensed indoors. That allows you to transfer heat from the air outside into the house.
Why Do It This Way?
Because transferring existing heat in this manner is more energy efficient than generating new heat. Only a small amount of electricity is used to facilitate the heat transfer process. That means you pay less to heat your home.
Plus, our climate is absolutely ideal for heat pump use. We don’t deal with the subzero temperatures they do in other parts of the country. Your heat pump is not going to be overwhelmed by the winters.
But there is one bit of information we’ve saved for last…
The Big Reveal
Know how we talked about heat pumps operating like ACs in reverse? Well, that’s true.
But they can also just work as ACs.
That means you can both heat and cool your home with just one system. A component in the heat pump called a reversing valve makes this possible. When in the heating mode, the heat pump operates as detailed above. Switch it over to cooling in the summer, though, and you can use it to cool your home. Pretty neat, right? We definitely think so.
We are a proud Amana dealer, and our team is here to answer any questions you have about your heat pump options. Call today!
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