Many Western Slope homes have heat pumps for heating and air conditioning. While these systems are among the most energy efficient of all HVAC equipment, knowing how they work will help you keep them running as efficiently as they were designed to do. These HVAC systems offer ample energy efficiency because they move heat from place to place instead of burning fuel to generate heat.
The air-source heat pump, the most common variety, has three main components – the outdoor compressor/condenser, the indoor air handler and the thermostat. The compressor contains a coil through which the refrigerant circulates, fins that act as radiators, dispelling heat, and a fan to exhaust heat from the coil and fins. The air handler contains an evaporator coil and heat exchanger, and a blower motor and fan that circulates the air through the ducts. A thermostat controls when the system starts and stops.
You can improve the performance of heat pumps when you:
The Climate Control Company provides HVAC services for Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties in Western Colorado. Contact us to learn more about increasing the performance of your heat pump for your upcoming summer cooling needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, please visit our website.
Climate Control Company services Aspen, Vail and the surrounding Western slope communities in Colorado.
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