We live in Riverside, CA, one of the hottest cities in Southern California, and air conditioning is an absolute necessity when the summer months hit. If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, now is the perfect time to do it, when temperatures still haven’t hit their summertime peak. You might want to consider a heat pump instead of a traditional air conditioner. It operates according to the same principles as a traditional AC, but uses the same principles to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. “Is a heat pump right for me?” you ask. We’ve provided a few key details below to help you answer that question.
How a Heat Pump Works
Traditional air conditioners work by sending refrigerant gas through a series of valves and coils that first shift it to liquid form (releasing heat into the air), then back to a gas (pulling heat from the air). The first part of that equation usually takes place in the outdoor portion of your air conditioner, releasing the hot air outside, while the second half takes place inside, where the cool air can be blown into your home. With a heat pump, that process can be reversed in the winter time: pulling heat from the outside air and releasing it inside, allowing the system to serve as both a heater and an air conditioner.
Why it Might Be Right for You
Heat pumps cost a little more to install than regular air conditioners, but the effects are usually worth it. Besides the convenience of using a single system for both heating and cooling, heat pumps are often more efficient to boot, saving you money every month on heating and cooling bills. Best of all, they operate best in environments with very mild winters, just like ours here in the Inland Empire.
If you think your house could benefit from a heat pump, then give the folks at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today!