In Toronto, heat pumps can be a popular solution for heating and cooling your residence.
They look very similar to an air conditioner. In actuality, they operate in a nearly identical way during the summer. Due to a reversing valve, they can move humidity in the opposite direction as well as add warmth to your home when temperatures drop.
Not sure if you use a heat pump or an air conditioner? Simply find the model number on the outdoor unit and look it up online. If you discover you own a heat pump, or you’re thinking about installing one, find out how this HVAC unit keeps residences cozy.
How Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps depend on a refrigeration system much like an air conditioner. Most can run like a ductless mini-split, because they can heat and cool. Heat pumps rely on an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condensing coil. Refrigerant is pumped through these coils to move heat. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor and is enclosed by metal fins that function as a heat sink to help move humidity properly.
When your heat pump is set to cooling, the refrigerant is in the evaporator coil. Air from indoors is distributed over the coil, and the refrigerant sucks out humidity. Water in the air also condenses on the coil, dropping into the condensate pan below and flows away. The resulting cold air flows through the ductwork and back into your home.
At the same time, the refrigerant moves a compressor on its way to the outdoor coil. This compresses the refrigerant, forcing it to get hotter. As it moves through the condensing coil, the exterior fan and metal fins help to discharge heat to the outdoors. The refrigerant moves back into your house, passing through an expansion valve that cools it greatly, prepping it to go through the process from the beginning.
When your heat pump is put in and maintained correctly, you’ll receive efficient cooling comparable to a high-performance air conditioner.
In heating mode, the heat exchange procedure takes place the opposite way. By traveling in the opposite direction, refrigerant extracts heat from the outdoor air and adds it into your residence to warm rooms.
Heat pumps running in heating mode are most useful when the temperature remains above freezing outside. If it becomes too chilly, a backup electric resistance heater turns on to keep your residence comfortable, but your heating expenses increase as a result.
Heat pumps are on longer than furnaces since the air doesn’t become as hot. This helps sustain a more balanced indoor temperature. On top of that, because heat pumps shift hot air rather than making it from a fuel source, they can operate well above 100% efficiency. You can anticipate 30–40% savings on your heating expenses by using a heat pump.
Book Heat Pump Installation or Service Right Away
Heat pumps are good for the environment and cost-effective. They are an alternative to the standard AC/furnace setup and need the same amount of maintenance—one inspection in the spring and another in the fall.
If you want to install a heat pump, Service Experts Commercial HVAC is the contractor to contact. We’ll size and install your equipment to fit your heating and cooling needs. And then we’ll back our installation with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year. To learn more, contact us at 289-201-2346 right away.