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How do Heat Pumps Work?

Have you ever wondered how heat pumps work to keep you toasty in the winter and cool in the summer? Let’s dive into the world of heat pumps, brought to you by Primo Heat, your go-to experts for all things HVAC in BC’s Fraser Valley. Whether it’s gas furnaces, ductless mini-splits, or those handy heat pumps, we’ve got the lowdown on keeping your space comfy all year round.

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The Magic Behind Heat Pumps

At its heart, a heat pump is like a wizard that can change the temperature of your home with a flick of its wand. Okay, not literally, but it’s pretty cool tech. Heat pumps work on a simple principle: move heat from one place to another. In the winter, they pull heat from the outside air and pump it into your house. In the summer, they do the opposite, pulling heat from inside your home and releasing it outdoors.

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The Inner Workings

Let’s get a bit technical, but not too much. Heat pumps have a few key components: a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator. These parts work together in a loop, using a refrigerant to transfer heat. The refrigerant absorbs and releases heat as it moves between liquid and gas states, traveling through the system.

Heating Mode

When it’s chilly, the heat pump operates in heating mode. The outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air, even on cold days, thanks to the refrigerant. The compressor then increases the temperature of this heat as the refrigerant is pumped inside to warm up your home.

Cooling Mode

During the warmer months, the heat pump takes the warm air from your house and sends it packing outside. The refrigerant inside the heat pump absorbs the indoor heat, travels to the outdoor unit, and releases it outside. The result? Your indoor space stays cool and comfortable.

If you’re thinking about joining the heat pump movement, Primo Heat is here to help. We offer top-notch HVAC solutions, including heat pumps, to keep your space perfect, no matter the season. Call us at 778-883-8447, and let’s chat about bringing the magic of a heat pump into your home or business.

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