How do heat pumps work, and are they a good fit for your home?

Heat pumps are HVAC systems capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter. They’re especially efficient and effective in mild winter climates, like the kind we have here in Lake Havasu City. In this article, we’ll explore how heat pumps work and what makes them a good fit for your home here in Mohave County.

How do heat pumps work? Read our explainer to learn more about these systems.

How do heat pumps work? Read our explainer to learn more about these systems.

Looking to take the next step? Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate on a new heat pump system. One of our experienced, friendly technicians can help you find the right cooling or heating system for your home.

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps work by transferring heat energy from one place to another.

Summertime cooling

In the summer, your heat pump operates like a normal air conditioner. A compressor pumps refrigerant between the exterior condenser coil and the interior evaporator coil. As the refrigerant flows, it absorbs the heat inside your home and releases it outside. Removing this heat energy cools the interior of the home, and the refrigerant cycles back into the home to repeat the process.

Winter heating

In the colder months of the year, the system reverses operation. Now, the refrigerant pulls heat energy out of the outdoor air and moves it inside, releasing it. Heat pumps are able to pull residual heat energy from even “cold” outdoor air. However, this process is more efficient in mild winter climates than severely cold ones.

With a heat pump, you’ll have year-round comfort and save money on your energy bills. That’s because the process of moving heat energy from one place to another in the winter is generally more energy-efficient than using gas or fuel to “create” heat energy.

Maximize functionality

Heat pumps are excellent energy-efficient HVAC systems and a perfect fit for homes here in Lake Havasu City, but there are steps you can take to boost your energy-efficiency even further:

  • Schedule regular maintenance: It’s important to have a professional technician, such as one from Air Control Home Services, look over your heat pump on a regular basis to keep it in good working order.
  • Set the thermostat and forget it: Making frequent changes to the temperature can use up more energy, making the system less effective. Better yet, have our team install a programmable thermostat.
  • Keep the unit clean: Dirt, leaves, and branches can block the exterior fan and coil, which reduces efficiency. Dust and debris in the interior filter can hamper productivity as well.

Bring in the experts

Air Control Home Services can help ensure that your device is up to snuff. Our NATE-certified technicians can thoroughly to make sure that it is operating at peak performance. Contact us today to set up a tune-up for your heat pump. Or, call us for a free in-home estimate on a new system!

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