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How Heat Pumps Work

Curious about how heat pumps work? You’ve come to the right place! As a leading service provider of heat pump installation in Virginia, John Nugent & Sons can explain exactly how this cooling and heating system operates.

Yes, you read that correctly. A heat pump is both a cooling and heating system designed to keep your Arlington, Centreville or Reston home cool in the summertime and warm during the winter months. When you think about cooling a home or a building, you’re probably not thinking about how heat pumps work. In fact, the words “air conditioner” are probably the first things that come to mind. There are several different types of heat pumps, but they all operate on the same basic principle – heat transfer. Instead of burning fuel to create heat, like conventional heating and cooling systems, a heat pump system moves heat from one place to another. Heat flows naturally “downhill” from a location with a higher temperature to a location with a lower temperature. Heat pumps move heat “uphill” against this natural flow.

During the winter, heat pumps transfer heat from outside air and moves it into your home. This process reverses during the summertime, and your home is cooled. Heat is pulled from your home and transferred outside.

As you can see, it’s pretty simple to understand how heat pumps work. One of the biggest advantages heat pumps have over traditional HVAC systems is that heat pumps do not require the installation of separate heating and cooling systems. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently since they simply transfer heat, as opposed to burning fuel to produce heat. You can expect to save some money each month on your utility bills after a heat pump installation.

Now that you understand how heat pumps work, contact us today to schedule an installation! If you already have a heat pump that seems to be giving you problems, we offer Virginia heat pump repair services – call John Nugent & Sons for assistance with this!

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