A heat pump is an air conditioning and heating option that many homeowners take advantage of. A heat pump received its name because it moves the heat from one place in the home to another. This option takes heat from the outside and pumps it indoors and because it uses less energy, homeowners save money on their utility bill. For cooling, this unit will reverse the above cycle and make the home cool by taking the heat from inside the home and push it outdoors.
The heat pump option is a great choice if you are installing a new unit or are in need of a new unit for new construction. A heat pump is very efficient and can have an efficiency rating of 300%. It is important to understand how this system works and below we will list each part of a heat pump system.
The first section of the heat pump is the indoor section. This section is a moderately sized unit and provides the heat into the home. This portion of the unit has a thermostat mounted on top of the Supply Air Duct. Inside the unit are the Supplemental heater as well as the Blower and the Heat Exchanger. The Return Air Duct is also connected to this portion of the unit and uses the condensation drain and refrigerant lines to connect to the outside portion.
The outdoor section looks similar to an outdoor central air unit. The refrigerant lines from the inside carry out into the outside and connect to the outdoor unit. There is a fan on top of the unit and a compressor on the inside surrounded by a heat exchanger. There is also an outdoor thermostat available for some systems and a master disconnect switch located outside.
This is just a basic description of the working parts of a heat pump. A certified technician will be able to give you a more in-depth description as to exactly what you will need to have a heat pump system in your home. It is important to discuss this option at length so you fully understand how the unit works and how you will be able to benefit from this installation.
This type of system has many advantages which your technician should explain. With a new installation, you should have lower operation costs, great filtration system for allergies and other particles, constant temperature and environmentally friendly.