What Do You Know About A Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are an important part of a home, especially during the winter months. Yet, most do not understand the components of a heat pump and how they work. In essence, the four main components include the compressor, condenser, expansion valve and the evaporator. Of the four components mentioned, the condenser is vital, and is responsible for the most important function—heating a room.
Typically comprised of a copper coil, the condenser receives the refrigerant from the compressor. It’s important to understand that when the refrigerant leaves the compressor, it is of very high temperature and pressure. Thus, when it enters the condenser, it causes the condenser to become very hot. As a result, heat is delivered to a space. To better “push” heated air into the room, a fan or blower is positioned behind the condenser. As the fan absorbs air from the room’s atmosphere, it blows the air over the top of the hot condenser coils. The heated air warms the room, and this process continues to keep the space at a desired temperature.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that many of the components of a heat pump are similar to that of an air conditioner. In fact, both systems utilize the same components, but differ in regards to their vapor cycle. To better understand, an air conditioner generally runs on a regular cycle, while a heat pump runs on a reverse vapor cycle. For this reason, when speaking of heat pumps, one might hear the phrase “reverse refrigeration cycle”. Yet, another key difference between air conditioning systems and heat pumps is which component accomplishes the main function. For air conditioners, it is the evaporator. For heat pumps, it is the condenser.
While your heat pump may operate efficiently this winter, it is worthwhile to have a general knowledge and understanding of its components, should you suspect that the temperature in your home is amiss. In the meantime, it’s important to contact a reputable HVAC professional that will help ensure that your system is working the way it should be.
Do You Have Questions About Your Heat Pump or the Temperature In Your Home?
As heating and cooling specialists serving Alpharetta and surrounding areas, the trained technicians at ClimateSmith, LLC are committed to providing high quality HVAC repair and installation services for homes and businesses. If you have specific questions about your heat pump or the temperature in your home, do not delay. Call the professionals at ClimateSmith, LLC today!
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