Here in Kansas, our summers are hot and muggy just like our winters are freezing cold. You need a system in your home to keep temperatures cool in the summer, plus a heater to keep the space warm in the winter. Doing otherwise can pose an active health risk to your family, especially infants and the elderly. That makes your HVAC system as important as your plumbing and electricity. The more you can do to keep costs down without reducing efficiency, the better.
And that’s where heat pumps come in. They perform the same duties as an air conditioner, but with an extra twist: allowing them to serve as heaters in the winter as well as AC systems in the summer. If you’re looking to replace an outdated system, you might want to consider installing a heat pump, and if you already own one, you want the right service to repair and maintain it.
Traditional air conditioners circulate refrigerant through a loop in order to cool the air. Gaseous refrigerant is first placed under a great deal of pressure while heat is bled from it. That shifts the refrigerant to liquid form while the heat is ejected through the outdoor portion of your system. The pressurized liquid refrigerant then enters the coils in a set amount, where it shifts back to gaseous form and pulls heat from the surrounding air in the process. The cooled air is then blown into your home through the ducts.
Heat pumps add a single feature to that basic model: the ability to essentially reverse that process: cooling the air outside the home and releasing heated air inside the home. That allows you to both heat and cool the home with one single unit.
What Are the Benefits?
The initial benefits of a heat pump are quite subtle: taking up less space than dual heaters and air conditioners, for example. But its real benefit comes in the winter, when it can cut down on your heating bills tremendously. The refrigerant is used and reused as part of the heating process, supplying a significant chunk of the energy required to warm the home. That means your bills tend to be much lower than they would with other systems, and that the unit will suffer less wear and tear on the whole as well.
Heat pumps work best when the outdoor temperatures remain around 40°F degrees, which is why many units in the area come with a smaller furnace attached to them to cover those days and nights when the temperature really drops. The costs are still reduced, and you make more effective use of your energy dollars than you might with another system. You need a quality service not only to install a heat pump, but to keep it maintained and repair it when the time comes.
If you own a heat pump and it needs some attention, or you’re looking to install a heat pump for the first time in your Overland Park, KS home, call the pros at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling today!