Heat Pumps Cool as Well as Heat

Heat Pumps Cool as Well as HeatAlthough its name suggests warmth, a heat pump does more than keep your house warm in the winter. It performs dual duty by working as an air conditioner in the summer. The key to its performance is its ability to move heat instead of generate heat.

In temperate climates like San Antonio, heat pumps are typically the most cost-effective cooling option. In the summer, when heat builds up inside your home, a heat pump carries it to the outside. This process of moving heat uses less energy to cool your home.

Your NATE-certified HVAC technician is trained to help you choose the best heat pump for your home’s needs, including:

Air-source systems

  • Conventional. Designed for homes with existing ductwork, a conventional air-source system works best in moderate climates such as Texas. If your heating system is powered by electricity, a conventional heat pump may net up to 40 percent more energy savings than your existing system.
  • Mini-split. Even if your home doesn’t have HVAC ducts, this ductless system can work for you.
  • Reverse cycle chiller. If you have an existing radiant floor heating system, the reverse cycle chiller heat pump uses hot and cold water instead of air.

Geothermal systems

  • Ground-source. These heat pumps transfer heat from your house to the ground instead of the air outside.
  • Water-source. If you have a pond or lake, a water-source heat pump transfers heat to the water source.

Absorption systems

  • Gas-fired. These versatile heat pumps can be used with different heat sources.

A heat pump’s cooling cycle uses liquid refrigerant that moves through an evaporator coil, similar to a conventional air-conditioning system. But it uses a reversing valve, which is what allows the heat pump to move warm air to the outside and cool your home more efficiently.

Call on the experts at Beyer Boys to answer all your heat pump questions. We’ll keep your family comfortable in San Antonio’s sweltering summers.

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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