Air Source Heat Pump: An Efficient Way to Heat in San Antonio
If you’re a veteran of San Antonio winters, then you likely know that it can be difficult to find a good heating solution. On one hand, the temperature usually isn’t necessarily cold enough to warrant a furnace. On the other hand, you do need some kind of heat source for those rare days when the weather gets chilly. That’s especially true at night and during the early-morning hours.
One great solution is an air source heat pump. An air source heat pump operates very much like a refrigerator. It has two coils and a condenser. During cold weather, the outdoor coil pulls heat from the outside air. That heat is then transformed into gas in the condenser and is pushed through to the indoor coil. The gas condenses back into liquid and is released through your home.
When the temperature drops, an electric coil turns on to provide extra heat to the air that the pump is transferring. In most air source heat pumps, this coil turns on when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. These types of coils aren’t powerful enough to heat a home in a consistently cold climate, but they work great for infrequent use in warmer climates like San Antonio.
The heat pump can hook into your home’s ducts to allow for even distribution throughout the house. If your home doesn’t have ducts, you can use something called a mini-split heat pump. A mini-split heat pump is a smaller unit that can heat individual rooms or zones. You may need to use multiple mini-splits to heat numerous rooms throughout your house.
For more information about how an air source heat pump can keep your home warm this winter, contact us at Beyer Boys. We’ve served San Antonio homeowners since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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