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How Do Heat Pumps Work?

3 facts about heat pumps and how they work.

How do Heat Pumps Work

Did you know heat pumps not only heat your home in the winter, but also cool your home in the summer? As we live in the South, where winters are mild, this is the perfect system for homeowners in our area.

A heat pump takes existing warm air and moves it to locations in your home during the heating cycle. In the same way, it takes existing cool air and moves it into your home during the cooling cycle.

So How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Here’s a simple breakdown of how heat pumps work:

  • Transfer Heat: Heat pumps transfer heat instead of generating it. They either draw the heat from the air or ground. Because it doesn’t have to work at creating heat, your energy costs will be lower.

  • One System: Heat pumps save you money and space. There’s no need to purchase separate units for air conditioning and heating. This HVAC system is all you’ll need to keep your home comfortable all year long.

  • Best System for Mild Climates: Heat pumps are the best system for geographical locations where winters are mild, like South Carolina.

There are three types of heat pumps:

  1. Air: This system draws the outside air in by using a fan. It is then compressed with refrigerant and the heated air is transferred into your home.

  2. Ground: This system uses buried long coils covered with plastic and filled with water to draw the heat out of the ground. The heat pump draws the heat out of these pipes and transfers it into your home.

  3. Absorption: This system works like the air system, only ammonia is used instead of refrigerant. The system absorbs the ammonia into water, then pressurizes and boils it and dispels the ammonia. The heat is then transferred into your home.

Contact Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 843.554.8600 for more information about heat pumps.

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