How Heat Pumps Work

Carrier heat pump

A heat pump works like an air conditioner to transfer heat away from your New Deal, Texas, home in summer. In winter, it reverses directions and absorbs heat from the air outside your home instead. That way, a heat pump keeps you and your family comfortable all year. It may be more expensive than a conventional air conditioner, but it’s worth the investment since you can save money on your utility bills. Also, you won’t need to pay for a separate furnace. Here’s some useful information about how heat pumps work in summer and winter.

How Heat Pumps Work in Summer

A motorized fan pulls warm air from the inside of your home into your ductwork through one or more return vents. Then, the warm air indoor air travels to the indoor air handler. It passes over the interior evaporator coil while a special liquid called refrigerant travels through the coil. The refrigerant absorbs heat from your indoor air, and the cooled and dehumidified air goes back to your ductwork. The motorized fan pushes it through your air registers and into your home. When your air temperature rises, the cycle starts again, pulling warm air into your ductwork. 

How They Work in Winter

To heat your home, your heat pump reverses the direction that the refrigerant flows, turning the coil in your outdoor unit into the evaporator coil. Your outdoor unit absorbs heat from the outside air and then releases it through the coil in your indoor air handler. This heats your indoor air as it moves through your ductwork instead of cooling it. The coil that releases heat is a condenser coil. It’s indoors in winter and outdoors in summer.

BTAC or Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning has over 40 years of experience, and we’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment, including heat pumps. Call us anytime at 806-589-1014 for great service from one of our expert technicians.

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