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Are Heat Pumps a Good Solution for Cooling?

Choosing the right cooling system for your home is very important. After all, it’s a decision that you have to live with for the next 10 to 15 years, which is about how long a central air conditioning system or heat pump will last.

We have a lot of customers who ask us about how heat pumps compare to air conditioners and whether or not they can keep up with our cooling needs here in California. You can keep reading to learn more about how a heat pump operates and why it is an excellent choice for cooling. Then give our team a call when you are ready to schedule your heat pump service in Rancho Cordova, CA.

How a Heat Pump Operates for Cooling

A heat pump operates in much the same way as a central air conditioner. Both have refrigerant lines and use refrigerant for cooling. Refrigerant moves through the evaporator coils inside your home to collect heat and carry it outside to the condenser coils. There, heat is released and refrigerant gets compressed back down to channel back inside your home for absorbing more heat.

Heat pumps also have an additional step in cooling your home. Aside from removing heat, they also remove some of the humidity from the air to help the air feel cooler and more comfortable. Humidity gets condensed down into droplets that then channels through the condensate drain line. This line channels outside of your home to release the droplets as a method of removing humidity from the air.

The All-in-One Solution

The unique thing about a heat pump is that it doesn’t just offer cooling. Although heat pumps are excellent at cooling, they also have the added feature of providing heat. A heat pump is the only all-in-one solution in the HVAC industry. If you don’t have a heat pump, you will instead have a separate air conditioner and heater. 

Heat pumps are equally good at heating, especially here in our climate zone. Although we use our air conditioners for 9 to 10 months out of the year, you also need a heater from time to time. That’s what makes a heat pump the perfect solution for this area. You can use it as an air conditioner when you need cooling or a heater when you need heating, without having to invest in two separate systems.

Benefits of a Heat Pump in Our Climate

Heat pumps are very energy efficient. The energy efficiency will be fairly similar to the energy efficiency of an air conditioner for cooling. But when it comes to heating, that’s where you really stand a chance to save some money on energy costs.

Heat pumps don’t have to create heat. Instead, they used refrigerant lines to transfer heat into your home from outside. It may be cold outside during the winter, but there is still some heat in the air that the refrigerant can absorb and transfer into your home.

Heat pumps are also very low maintenance. You do still have to schedule annual maintenance appointments twice a year, but the amount of work that needs to be done during those appointments is usually significantly lower than the maintenance steps that would need to be completed for other types of systems.

Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. today to schedule your heat pump services as soon as possible. You can always trust The Guys in the Big Red Trucks.

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