Here in Riverside, CA, most homes use traditional centralized air conditioning systems. They work quite well in most cases and there’s nothing wrong with continuing to use them to fight our Inland Empire heat. But they’re not the only options out there. Heat pumps, which combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner, make an attractive alternative to the traditional model. “Why should I consider a heat pump?” you ask. We’ve laid out how the system works and why it may benefit you below.
How It Differs
In essence, the heat pump works the same way that a centralized air conditioner does. Refrigerant gas moves through a condenser array (usually located in outside part of the AC unit), where it is shifted into liquid form and subjected to a great deal of pressure. The process releases hot air into the atmosphere outside. The liquid then moves inside, into an evaporator coil, where it reverts to a gas and pulls heat out of the nearby air. The cool air can then be blown into your duct system.
The difference with a heat pump is that that process can be “reversed.” In the winter, the condenser array outside can serve as an evaporator, while the evaporator coils inside can serve as a condenser. Thus, your heat pump will acts as both an air conditioner and heater depending upon your needs.
Besides the convenience of having one single unit handle all of your heating and air conditioning needs, heat pumps cost less to run month-to-month on average than central air conditioners. That means you could save a great deal of money over the course of the system’s life. Heat pumps work best in areas with mild winters: exactly, precisely like the winters we have here in Riverside.
For more on heat pump installation and repair, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today!