New AC? Consider a Heat Pump!

cooling-and-heating-house-symbolsNow that we’re approaching the end of June, we sincerely hope that you’ve got a great air conditioner up and running already. If this is not the case, though, and you find yourself facing an AC replacement—or if you’ve got a new home going up and you’re exploring your AC installation options—we urge you to consider the use of a heat pump. Heat pumps are great air conditioners, with some added benefits thrown in!

As is the case with any other HVAC system in Hendersonville, NC, of course, heat pumps are only going to function at maximum capacity if they are expertly installed and serviced. That’s where we come in. When you schedule your HVAC services with a member of our team, you know for certain that any job we do is a job done right! So read on, consider the benefits, and let us know if you think that a heat pump is the right choice for your next AC.

Heat and Cool Your Home with Just One System

We have very hot and humid summers, and our winters are fairly mild. This does mean that you may rely on your air conditioner more than you do your heater if you were really to compare their usage side by side. What this doesn’t mean, however, is that your heater isn’t just as important as your AC. With a heat pump, it clearly will be—because the heater and air conditioner are one and the same!

A heat pump acts just like a split central air conditioner in the summer,  evaporating refrigerant in order to remove heat from the air in the house. Then, that refrigerant is condensed outside to release the heat, and the cycle continues until desired temperatures are met throughout the house.

With a heat pump, however, a component called a reversing valve allows for the reversal of this refrigerant cycle.

Heating Your Home with a Heat Pump

When the refrigerant cycle is reversed, the heat pump uses heat from the air outside in order to warm the interior living space. The refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor coil, absorbing thermal energy from the air outside. That refrigerant is condensed to boost its heat, and that heat is then transferred to air for distribution throughout the house as the refrigerant is condensed in the indoor coil. It’s a relatively simple process in theory, to reverse operation in this manner, but the benefits cannot be denied.

Why Choose a Heat Pump?

The convenience factor alone of investing in just one HVAC system and using it year round is a major selling point. However, you should also understand that heat pumps are incredibly efficient heaters. They are not generating new heat, but transferring existing heat into the air inside. Only a small amount of electricity is used in the compression cycle, so operating costs are quite minimal. Our mild winters also make the heat pump ideal for our geographic location.

Schedule your HVAC services with the pros at Comfort Central, Inc.

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