The term “heat pump” sounds like it ought to refer to some type of furnace. In reality, heat pumps aren’t just for heating, and they work best in moderate climates like that of Corpus Christi, Texas.

How a Heat Pump Works

Simply put, a heat pump uses electricity to exchange heat between the air inside and outside of your home. Heat pumps work for both ducted and ductless homes, and they are designed to be extremely energy efficient. Though a few models of heat exchange exist, the most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which does all of its heat exchange with air temperatures.

Heat pumps don’t actually create heat the way a furnace does. They just use the existing temperatures to move heat around. In fact, they can extract the heat from the cold outdoor air and move it into your house in winter, just like they can extract the summer heat from inside your home and move it outside.

Heat Pumps and Cooling

The name “heat pump” doesn’t mean it only operates to heat your home. It’s called a “heat pump” because of the heat exchange, not because it’s solely a heater. The heat exchange that happens in a heat pump goes both ways. In hot weather, the heat pump removes heat from the air inside your home and pushes it outside, keeping your home refreshingly cool.

Why They’re Good for the Texas Climate

Heat pumps operate best in moderate climates like that of Corpus Christi because they don’t do as well in extreme cold. With a heat pump, you are employing the same energy-efficient system for heating and cooling. In Texas, using a heat pump for most of your heating and cooling needs will save you considerable money on your electric bills. As an added bonus, heat pumps are great at reducing humidity.

Find out if a heat pump is the right solution for you. Call Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. at (361) 883-9900 today.

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