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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Some folks new to this area may not understand just how important a good heating system is around here. Yes, our summer season is incredibly hot, and the heat sticks around for much of the year. Even during the winter season, daytime temperatures are often pretty warm. Despite this, though, nights get chilly, and you are going to need to use your heater to keep your home comfortable during the cooling periods.

Because of our mild winters, the use of a heat pump in Mesa, AZ is very common. Heat pumps differ greatly from other home heating systems. Read on to learn more about how the heat pump works, and why heat pumps are so well-suited to our climate.

Why Generate Heat, When You Can Transfer It?

The question posed above gets to the heart of what makes the heat pump so special. Rather than burning fuel or consuming electricity in order to generate heat from scratch, the heat pump uses the refrigerant cycle in order to use heat from the air outside in order to heat your home. Even when it is cold out, there is still thermal energy to be had.

Running much like an AC in reverse, the heat pump uses refrigerant to absorb heat from the outdoor air. Once it has, the system compresses that refrigerant to boost its thermal energy further. This heat is then used to heat the air that is distributed throughout the house. There are a few benefits to this operation.

First and foremost, the heat pump is incredibly efficient when heating your home. Because no fuel is consumed, and only a small amount of electricity is used in the heat transfer process, the heat pump is one of the most affordable ways in which to heat a house. Plus, a component called the reversing valve allows for the reversal of the refrigerant cycle. This means that you can use the very same system in order to cool your home throughout our intensely hot summer season.

Contact North Wind Mechanical, LLC with any questions that you may have regarding the use of a heat pump.



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