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How Heat Pumps Work

air-ventHere in California, you depend on both your air conditioner and heater to keep you comfortable year round. Summers around here can be brutally hot, while our winters can be quite chilly. If you’ve found yourself in need of a new heater or air conditioner, stop and think about what you really need. Instead of having to eventually replace and install two new systems, consider a unit that can serve both functions.

A heat pump is a system that allows you to shift between cooling and heating depending on the time of the time of the year and your needs. In addition, it can save you huge amounts of money in winter, cutting down on high heating bills. If you are interested in how heat pumps work and the benefits of installing one, keep reading! 

How They Work

Heat pumps work in a way that is similar to an air conditioner, except that they have a reversing valve that switches the flow of refrigerant, allowing for home heating.

Like a standard AC, the heat pump is composed of two separate units connected by power and refrigerant lines. A reversing valve sits in the refrigerant line and changes the direction the refrigerant flows between the two units. Basically, heat is absorbed from the inside air and moved outside for cooling. For heating, heat is absorbed from the outside air and moved inside. With just the flick of a switch, your air conditioner becomes a heater and vice versa! Heat pumps are a smart choice for homeowners who wish to combine both of their HVAC systems. Heat pumps offer many advantages:

Heat Pump Advantages

  • Heat pumps work best in areas where temperatures don’t drop below zero, making it a perfect system for your California home.
  • Heat pumps are both cost-effective and efficient. This is because heat pumps move heat from place to place instead of generating heat constantly.
  • They are versatile and can be used all year long. You won’t have to worry about maintaining two different systems.
  • It provides heat rather quickly, so you’ll be warm and cozy in no time.

If you are considering replacing your old air conditioner and heater with a new heat pump, you are going to have to hire a professional to correctly install your new system. Luckily, California Indoor Comfort, Inc. offers Madera HVAC services. Installing a new heat pump requires expert service. We will correctly size the new system for your home to ensure that it runs efficiently and effectively. Plus, we will ensure that your old systems are properly disposed of.

Many homeowners assume that new systems don’t need regular maintenance, but this is simply not the case. In fact, new systems need regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Without maintenance, your new heat pump will wear down faster and gradually become less efficient. This is why we also offer repair and maintenance services.

To learn more about heat pump installation, or about other services we offer, contact California Indoor Comfort, Inc, where comfort & technology come together.

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