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Don't Underestimate the Importance of Sizing a Heat Pump Properly

Monday, June 17, 2013

Heat pumps are one of the most important components of your home heating and air conditioning system. During the hot summer months they pump the warm air out of your home. In the wintertime, they pump heat in from the outside. Properly sizing a heat pump is necessary to balance this process and ensure that the system is running efficiently for your home's heating and cooling needs.

The science behind this is really pretty simple. In the summer, the compressor within your air conditioning unit circulates refrigerant through a coil. In the process, the coil absorbs heat from the air. The refrigerant is then compressed and your A/C units fan blows air across the coils to cool them off. This releases the heat within the refrigerant, which is then recirculated to begin the process again.

The heat pump does not produce any heat itself; it simply moves it where it needs to go depending on whether you want your home to be warmer or cooler. This circulation also helps to dehumidify your home in the process. In the summer, you will notice this if you look at your evaporator coils where the moisture is collected and channeled outside of your home.  

Properly sizing a heat pump ensures that the right amount of air will be circulated throughout the home. If the heat pump is not sized properly, then either too much, or too little air will circulate. The result will be that your home will always be either too hot or too cold. It also means that your energy bills will increase because your heat pump will not be running at its optimum efficiency level. 

Since 1979, Texas Air Comfort has been providing HVAC support services to clients throughout Lubbock, Odessa, Austin, and San Antonio. We would be happy to help you locate a reliable local contractor within the area who can help you properly size a heat pump for your home.

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