We offer a variety of products for your residential HVAC system including heat pumps. One may wonder how a Heat Pump actually differs from an Air Conditioner. Heat Pump systems are air conditioners in the summer and heating units in the winter. The heat pump is equipped with a reversing valve in the compressor which differentiates it from an air conditioner. Like an air conditioner, the reversing valve of the Heat Pump compresses a hot liquid into a cool gas for dehumidification purposes for cooling.
However, in the heating cycle a heat pump utilizes the reversing valve to do the opposite. The heat pump actually takes a cool gas and turns it into a hot liquid circulating the hot liquid across the evaporator coil to produce heat. This application will work until the temperature outside reaches approximately 37 degrees which, at this point, the heat pump has an outdoor thermostat which sends a signal to the indoor thermostat for supplemental heat.The indoor air handler is equipped with auxiliary strip heat which will supplement the heat pump to provide the extra heat needed in order to keep the home nice and warm.
The difference between gas heat and the heat from a heat pump is merely the temperature the heat is delivered. Gas heat is much hotter and therefore the body feels warmer to the touch.