How Does a Heat Pump Work?

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Heat Pumps Can Pull Warm Air from Outside to Keep Your Home Comfortable

When researching energy efficient methods of heating and cooling a home, you might’ve come across mentions of heat pumps. When compared to your traditional A/C unit and furnace, you’ll notice that these systems operate very differently.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a system that uses a source of heat to either warm a home or cool it. To do this, it moves the heat from one area to another. For example, in the winter, the system brings in warmth from outside to warm up the house. In the summer, it pulls the warmth from inside and transfers it outside to cool down the temperatures in the house.

What is the Source of Heat?

In order for a heat pump to work, it requires a source of heat to outside to transfer heat to or from the house. There are a few different sources that can be used.

  • Air source: Even in the winter time, heat can be pulled directly from the air outside.
  • Water source: Someone who has a large source of water on their property can have a water-based system installed.
  • Geothermal source: Because temperatures stay consistent underground, heat can be pulled through a system installed in the ground itself.

All three of these systems will circulate heat to or from the source until your home has reached the required indoor temperatures.

Is a Heat Pump Right For You?

If you are interested in an energy efficient HVAC system that can significantly cut down your electricity costs, then a heat pump might be what you are looking for. Discuss your options with an HVAC technician to determine whether a heat pump is the best option for your home, property, and budget. You can call TAM A/C & Heating, Inc. at 877-246-9251 to find out more about heat pumps in the Katy, TX area!