Heat pumps are growing more and more popular as an energy efficient alternative to traditional furnaces and central AC systems. Not only can heat pumps significantly reduce your annual energy costs, but they offer both heating and cooling settings, meaning you can use them year-round.
We know what you’re thinking… how can a “heat” pump be used for cooling? The name might seem a little confusing, but actually similar technology is already being used for your fridge, freezer, and AC. Here’s how a heat pump can deliver home comfort during a scorching summer day.
Heat Pump Systems Move Heat, In Whatever Direction You Want
Do you know how your refrigerator actually works? Simply put, it’s just removing heat from the air in your fridge. An air source heat pump, or a ductless mini split system (mini splits are heat pumps, actually), works the same way in cooling mode. Refrigerant cycles between your indoor air handler and your outdoor unit, absorbing indoor heat and turning to gas on its way outside, where it releases the heat and returns inside in cooler liquid form, starting the cycle again.
The main difference between the refrigerant cycle in a fridge (or an AC) and a heat pump is that the process can be reversed in the winter when the heating mode is selected. With a help of the refrigerant running through an expansion valve, your heat pump finds the heat in outdoor air—yes, even very cold winter air contains some heat, and heat pumps are very good at using it to help warm your house. Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps and mini splits can continue operating in temperatures as low as -17°F!
How Are Heat Pumps Installed in My Home?
With the energy savings associated with installing a heat pump or ductless mini split air conditioner and heating system, many homeowners throughout Princeton, Freehold, and Flemington are wondering how heat pumps might work in their homes.
At Princeton Air, we understand that when it gets cold in the winter in New Jersey, temperatures can sometimes drop below the level where standalone heat pumps could keep your home at the warm temperatures you want. But with a hybrid heat pump system, or by using ductless mini splits as an add-on for your existing central HVAC system, you can have the best of both worlds, where you benefit from the cost savings of electric heat pumps without sacrificing your comfort during the coldest times of the year.
Reach Out to the Leading Heat Pump and Mini Split Installer Near You
For nearly 50 years, Princeton Air has been helping homeowners stay comfortable using top-of-the-line heating and cooling systems, so it’s no surprise that we’re the company central Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania homeowners turn to for the latest in energy efficiency HVAC technology. Looking for heat pump or mini split AC installation near you? Give us a call and find out how this technology can work in your home.