Heat Pumps: What Are They and How Do They Work?

In the midst of August, it’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner. As we wait for the heat and humidity to dispel, the reality of cooler weather may still seem … a little too far off.

That said, it’s always wise to prepare for the slightly chillier months to come in Northeast Florida. And, regardless as to the temperature or time of year, your home may already feature something that is capable of weathering any season: a heat pump.

And if it doesn’t, that’s okay! But you may be wondering …

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a piece of HVAC equipment designed to both heat and cool your home using electricity.

In the warmer months, the pump will absorb heat from inside and dump it back outside in order to cool your home.

In the colder months, it will do the opposite, effectively absorbing heat from outside and transferring back it into your home. As a result, the heat pump’s condenser coil acts as an evaporator coil, and the evaporator coil acts as a condenser coil.

Take note, however, that the heat pump only transfers heat — it doesn’t generate it. But as Jacksonville does not experience the same frigid temperatures as other areas farther to the north do, the heat pump is actually an ideal piece of HVAC equipment for local residents.

How is this different from an air conditioner?

Heat pumps are, in some cases, more energy-efficient, meaning they save you money on your electric bill and heating costs once the winter season rolls back around.

Otherwise, the only difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is that a heat pump provides heating, whereas air conditioners do not. As they are more or less the same thing, some people prefer to actually pair a heat pump with their air conditioner, rather than having only one or the other.

And if this sounds like an ideal match for your home, the good news is that heat pumps are readily available for installation!

If you have further questions about heat pumps, if you would like to purchase a heat pump, or if you are in need of a tune-up for an existing heat pump in your home, contact Bold City Heating and Air! Once you’ve worked with a locally owned company and experienced the bold difference, we guarantee you’ll never go back. Call today to schedule your appointment at (904) 379-1648!