Although a central air conditioner is the most common type of cooling system found in homes in the St. Louis area, one energy-efficient alternative that's growing in popularity is an air source heat pump. This type of cooling system is very similar to a central air conditioner, but it is also used as an extremely efficient way to heat your home in the winter. Today we're going to take a look at how air source heat pumps work and what features to look out for if you're considering installing one in your home this summer!
On the surface, air source heat pumps look and function almost exactly like central air conditioners. They are composed of indoor and outdoor units that cycle refrigerant between them in order to move heat from one place to another. During winter, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air outside (hence the name "air source" heat pump) and moves it into your home. During summer, the refrigerant absorbs heat from your home and moves it outside.
The reversing valve in an air source heat pump is what makes it possible to use the unit for both heating and cooling your home. As it gets warmer here in the St. Louis area, the reversing valve will change the direction of the refrigerant flow in the heat pump to switch from the heating to the cooling mode.
If you're considering installing a new air source heat pump this summer, here are a few great features to consider:
If you have any questions about an air source heat pump, or if you'd like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis heat pump and air conditioner company. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres and Frontenac.
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