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How Does a Heat Pump Cool Your Home in the Summer?
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How Does a Heat Pump Cool Your Home in the Summer?

When most people hear the term heat pump, they think that it only handles heating—it’s right in the name, after all! However, heat pumps are actually much more versatile than their names let on; they have the capacity to handle cooling, too, even smack-dab in the middle of the summer!

Understanding how this is so requires a bit of knowledge on how heat pumps work, but it will make you a smarter HVAC system user who knows how to save energy and ease strain on their pocketbook. Below, Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Anoka heat pump experts, takes you through how a heat pump cools your home during the summer and what this might mean for your energy bills.

How Heat Pumps Work

Before you learn how they work in the summer, you have to know about how heat pumps work in general. Relax: it’s simple enough!

According to the United States Department of Energy, “While many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes – from scorching heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter – a few feet below the earth’s surface the ground remains a relatively constant temperature.” Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of this fact and use this relatively consistent temperature to manage your residential indoor air quality.

Heat pumps don’t so much change the temperature of your home’s existing air, but they move that air around in ways that can heat or cool your home. This makes them wonderfully affordable and environmentally friendly.

How Heat Pumps Work in the Summer

Reliance on consistent ground temperatures is the reason heat pumps have no problem cooling your home in the summer. In layperson’s terms, they take the heat from your home and disperse it into the ground after transferring it to a fluid within the machine. Some models, called open-loop systems, might open into a water source instead.

What Does This Mean for Energy Savings?

Simple: it means that heat pumps are a one-stop, one-machine solution for both heating and cooling your home. When you have only one machine and set of infrastructure to look after, it becomes much easier to keep up with maintenance and repairs.

It also means that heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient. According to Energy Saver, “Because they transfer heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can efficiently provide comfortable temperatures for your home.”

Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc: Your Anoka Heat Pump Installation Team

Looking to make this energy-efficient heating and cooling solution part of your HVAC system? We’re here to help. Reach our Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.

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