When you live in as intensely hot a climate as we do, you really need to know that your air conditioning system is going to do its part in keeping your home cool and comfortable. Needless to say, investing in a new air conditioning system is not the type of process that you can afford to rush through. Should you find yourself in the market for a new air conditioning system, remember that there is no rule stating that you must stick with the same type of system you’ve always used. You may want to consider, for instance, the installation of a heat pump in Mesa, AZ.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a forced air HVAC system, and one that closely resembles your basic split central air conditioner. An outdoor unit houses the compressor, and conditioned air is distributed throughout the house via a system of ductwork. If you are wondering how it is that a heat pump differs from a central AC, the answer lies in its utilization of a reversible heat transfer process. In the summer, the system acts pretty much just like a central AC, absorbing heat from the air within the house and venting that heat outdoors. In the winter, though, when temperatures drop, a component called the reversing valve allows the flow of refrigerant in the system to reverse, thus reversing its operation. The outdoor unit then absorbs heat from the air outside, compresses the warmed refrigerant to further boost its thermal energy, and uses that energy to heat your home.
Benefits of Using a Heat Pump
The most obvious benefit of using a heat pump is the fact that you effectively get both a heating and a cooling system all in one package. The method of heating a home with a heat pump, though, in which existing heat is transferred into the house, also happens to be astoundingly efficient. Even better, heat pumps are ideally suited for use in areas like ours, where winters are pretty mild.
To learn more or to schedule your heat pump services with a trained professional, give North Wind Mechanical a call today.