A heat pump looks like an air conditioner, and it acts exactly like one in the Florida summer heat when you need a cool home. The primary difference is that a heat pump can also heat your home when we have our few months of cooler weather. To understand how a heat pump works, you first need to understand a little more about air conditioning:
An air conditioner and heat pump have one primary purpose in the summer heat, and that is to compress a gas called refrigerant. Compressing the gas condenses it into a chilled liquid as heat energy from the gas is dissipated into the air. The chilled refrigerant is pumped inside to the indoor coil, and warm air from the home is forced through the chilled coil. The refrigerant absorbs heat energy from the air, and it turns back into a gas. Then the process repeats.
In cooler weather, a heat pump reverses this process. Instead of absorbing heat energy from inside, a heat pump pulls heat energy from the outside air, and dissipates this inside the home. Even though outside air might feel cold, there is still heat energy in it. If their was no heat energy, we’d see a new ice age!
The Bryant Evolution series is their high end air conditioning and heating equipment, and the Evolution Extreme heat pump does not disappoint! It boasts an astonishing 20.5 SEER rating for cooling, and an incredible 13 HSPF for heating. These efficiency ratings lead the industry for residential heat pumps. This heat pump also operates at only 58dB in cooling mode, and 62 dB in heating mode.
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