How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat Pump

Heat pumps are very popular in homes across the country. While you may think of them as a heat source such as a furnace, a heat pump is much more versatile. By moving heat from one area to another, they can both heat and cool your Canyon, Texas, home. If you’ve never heard of a heat pump or you’re curious how it works, here’s a guide for everything you need to know about this convenient HVAC component.

The Units

At its core, a heat pump is a type of refrigeration unit. It uses three components to heat or cool your home. The indoor part is the air handler, while the outdoor part is the heat pump. The third part is the compressor, which circulates a refrigerant. As the refrigerant travels between the air handler and the outdoor unit, it absorbs and releases heat until your home reaches the temperature specified on your thermostat.

How It Works

Now that you understand the components and general idea of a heat pump, it’s easier to process how it works. Unlike a furnace or air conditioner, which are forced-air systems, a heat pump uses minimal energy to move heat where it’s needed. The most difficult aspect to understand is that heat is present everywhere.

Even in cold air, there’s still a bit of heat that it uses. When it’s cold outside, the system takes this air and forces it into your home. During hotter months, it reverses this idea, taking the heat from your home and pushing it outside.


Perhaps the most notable advantage is that you don’t need separate heating and cooling systems to get the perfect temperature. Instead, the heat pump does both in one convenient package. Also, it uses less energy than traditional systems, saving you tons on your monthly energy bills.

Now that you know a bit more about heat pumps, it’s time to try one for yourself. Call Grizzle Heating and Air at 806-553-4690 for all your heat pump installation needs.

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