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What Is the Secret of the Heat Pump’s Efficiency?

It’s not a very closely guarded secret, of course, but it is something that there is a lot of confusion about among homeowners. How is it that a heat pump can heat a home so efficiently? And when using electricity, nonetheless!

Well, heat pumps are incredibly efficient. That is undoubtedly the main reason why heat pumps in Des Moines, IA are becoming more and more common. Let us help you to better understand how they achieve this great efficiency.

The Key Is Heat Transfer

When you use a furnace or other whole-house heating system, you typically consume fuel in order to generate new heat. An electric furnace uses electric resistance heating to heat air, which it then circulates throughout the house.

A heat pump, on the other hand, uses the refrigerant cycle in order to use heat in the air outside in order to heat your home. Now, this isn’t as simple as just opening up the window in the winter to let heat in. That’s just silly. It’s not terribly complex to grasp either, though.

  • A heat pump works like an AC in reverse.
  • Refrigerant is evaporated in the coil outside, rather than in the house.
  • This absorbs heat from the air outside.
  • That refrigerant is then compressed to boost its thermal energy.
  • The refrigerant is then condensed indoors, in order to heat air.
  • That heated air blows throughout your home.

Only a small amount of electricity is used in this process, allowing for the great efficiency. Plus, heat pumps actually can reverse their operation. That means that you can cool your home with the very same system that you use to heat it!

Contact Schaal Heating and Cooling if you think that a heat pump is right for you.

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