While traditional HVAC systems are still widely-used throughout Texas, many residential and ]commercial AC and refrigeration experts are noticing a growing demand for heat pumps. More and more homeowners are also making the switch to this type of cooling and heating due to the many advantages they have over resistive heaters and air conditioning.
The performance of heat pumps may not be comparable to how traditional systems provide heating and cooling. However, for homes in McAllen and nearby areas where the climate is mild to moderate, heat pumps are slowly being recognized as the more economical alternative. Here our experts at AC & Refrigeration Works explain how heat pumps work and how they can benefit your home.
Types of Heat Pumps
Unlike other types of HVAC units which move heated or cooled air, heat pumps work by moving heat. Because of this, they can function as both a central air conditioning system and a heating system, negating the need for two separate devices to keep your home comfortable all-year-round.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
This type of heat pump uses the temperature difference between the indoors and outdoors to move heat around. Its heating and cooling cycles use refrigerant to cool or warm the air, then circulates it throughout your home via blower fans and ducts.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Ground-source heat pumps are also known as geothermal heat pumps. They transfer heat to and from the ground and into your home. The temperature underground is always different from the surface temperature by about 10 to 20 degrees. Geothermal heat pumps use this difference to heat or cool your home, depending on the season.
Limitations of Heat Pumps
Despite its dual-functionality and energy efficiency, many providers of AC and refrigeration services don’t recommend using heat pumps in climates with extreme temperature changes. Luckily, the temperate climate of Southern Texas is the ideal environment to maximize the benefits of heat pump use.
Get top-quality heat pump installation and services from our HVAC specialists at AC & Refrigeration Works. Give us a call at (956) 255-7227 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.