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How a Heat Pump Can Work as a Heating and Cooling System


More and more people are looking to heat pumps as the way to provide energy-efficient comfort around the year. Heat pumps are able to pull off the feat of providing both heating and cooling for a home in a single package. No, it’s not an AC combined with another type of heater—a heat pump uses the same operation and components to send both cooled and heated air into your house. 

How does a heat pump pull off this trick? We’re here to tell you. We’re highly experienced with handling heat pump installation, heat pump maintenance, heat pump repair in Bergen County, NJ

Heat Pumps Basics

At its core, a heat pump is essentially a type of air conditioner. It contains a compressor that places refrigerant under pressure to turn it into a hot gas so that it starts to circulate between two sets of coils, one inside the home and the other outside. The AC moves heat from inside the house and puts it outside—essentially “pumping” heat outdoors so the indoors cool down. What a heat pump does, in the simplest terms, is reverse the process, changing which direction heat moves so it can also move heat into the house from outside.

Cooling Mode: Summer Operation

In cooling mode, a heat pump absorbs warmth from inside your home and releases it outside. The refrigerant that moves through the indoor coil is cold, so it evaporates in the warm air and absorbs the ambient heat in the air to cool it. The refrigerant changes into a hot gas and releases its heat through condensing in the outdoor coil. You can expect a heat pump to work as well at cooling your house as a conventional air conditioner of the same size.

Heating Mode: Winter Operation

When winter arrives and you need warmth, you only need to make a simple adjustment to your heat pump to turn it to heating mode. In this mode, the heat pump extracts warmth from the cold outside air. And yes, there is warmth available, no matter how cold it is. Even in chilly temperatures—and we’re including New York winter lows here—heat pumps can efficiently extract heat, and they cost much less to run than an electric furnace. 

Advantages of Heat Pumps

Apart from their year-round capabilities, heat pumps boast numerous advantages. 

  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quiet operation
  • Long-term sustainability and durability

Installing a Heat Pump

At this point, you might think that a heat pump is a good choice for your home. The next step is to call our experts and ask about a heat pump installation. Heat pumps aren’t ideal for all homes, and some heat pumps will require back-up heating sources. You can leave most of the hard work to us: we’ll find out the heating needs of your home to determine if you’ll receive all the benefits available from a heat pump.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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