Indoor Air Quality
Heat Pump Services in McKinney, TX by Oaks Heat & Air
Today, there are so many options available for new air conditioning systems and new heaters, it can be tough to choose which type is right for your home. To make it a little easier on yourself, why not choose a single system that provides both heating and cooling?
A heat pump is a system that looks much like your conventional central air conditioner, with an outdoor compressor unit and the indoor blower fan. The difference is that you don’t need to purchase a separate heating system, such as a furnace, for your home heating. The whole thing is powered by electricity, but it can still save you quite a bit of money because the process that moves heat from place to place is more efficient than the processes that typically generate heat. Get service, installation, and helpful advice about your heat pump in McKinney, TX from the friendly people at Oaks Heat & Air.
Call the people who care, Oaks Heat & Air. We offer heat pumps and heat pump services in McKinney, TX and throughout the north Dallas Metroplex area.
How a Heat Pump Works
A heat pump uses refrigeration for both the air conditioning and heating process. This may seem counterintuitive (isn’t this a cooling process?) but it actually makes sense once you understand how refrigeration works: by moving heat out of a space.
- Air Conditioning: Refrigerant is a chemical blend that changes from liquid to gas somewhat easily under the right amount of pressure. It circulates from the inside to the outside units continuously, absorbing heat from the inside as refrigerant evaporates (turns into a gas). This heat dissipates outdoors as refrigerant turns into a liquid. The process repeats, cooling down an indoor coil and blowing air past this and into the home.
- Heating: When you switch the thermostat into heating mode, the process reverses. A reversing valve allows refrigerant to move in the opposite direction, and this changes the heat exchange process as a result. Now, refrigerant evaporates outdoors in order to absorb heat. The heat can then move to the indoors.
When a Heat Pump System Is Struggling
A heat pump installation is ideal for heating and cooling in McKinney because, for most of the winter, outdoor temperatures do not reach extremes. It can absorb heat from the outside air even when it is very cold outside. However, the colder it gets, the more likely the system is to struggle. And the same is true in the summer: the hotter it gets, the more likely a heat pump is to fail.
You may want to upgrade to a dual fuel system that combines a gas furnace with a heat pump for your winter heating needs. But any time your system is struggling, be sure to call in a heat pump repair specialist ASAP. The people at Oaks Heat & Air will address your issues quickly and professionally. In addition, we offer heat pump maintenance services that prevent problems from occurring in the first place. A maintenance visit may also reduce your monthly bills. For heat pump installation, repair, maintenance, or replacement, just get in touch with our friendly professionals!