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How Does a Heat Pump Work in Winter? Jon Wayne Explains

Stephen Jabro

In case you’ve heard of heat pumps but aren’t really familiar with the technology, we’ll provide an explanation. We want to help you by describing how heat pumps operate and explaining how a heat pump can keep your home or business warm and comfortable all winter long.

Heat Pumps, Summer and Winter

Simply explained, a heat pump is a system for cooling and heating your home, taking the place of a traditional HVAC system. Your heat pump can cool, heat, and dehumidify your home, and it manages to do all this while using considerably less energy than a traditional HVAC system.

Explaining a bit more, a heat pump uses refrigerant that absorbs and transfers heat. In the summer, the system absorbs heat from inside your home, transferring the heat outside while cooling the interior of your house.

In winter, the system is reversed. The heat pump absorbs heat from the air outside your home and transfers the heat back into your house. Since moving heat is substantially easier than generating heat, the heat pump, as we said, uses substantially less energy than a traditional heating and cooling system.

What About Freezing Temperatures?

Believe it or not, cold outside air still contains a substantial amount of heat. Thanks to today’s greatly improved heat pump technology, a heat pump should be able to keep you comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature sends our way in southwest Missouri.

Today’s improved heat pump technology that helps heat pumps work in cold weather includes:

  • Better motors
  • Improved coils
  • Redesigned compressors
  • Much more efficient fans

As a result of these improvements in heat pump technology and design, an air-source heat pump system should operate efficiently and keep you warm down to about -13° Fahrenheit. And while our Missouri winters can be pretty bone-chilling cold, they’re rarely that cold!

Thanks to today's greatly improved technology, a heat pump should keep your home comfortable all winter long.

An Alternative – A Hybrid System

If you’re still a bit hesitant about a heat pump in winter, a heating option you might consider is a hybrid system that combines a heat pump with a gas furnace. A hybrid system will automatically switch to the most energy efficient method of keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Jon Wayne Heating & Air for Heat Pump Services in Springfield, MO

If you’re ready for the installation of a heat pump for home or business, or if your current heat pump is outdated and you’re considering heat pump replacement in Springfield, MO, Jon Wayne Heating & Air is the company to call.

For decades we’ve been serving homeowners and businesses in the Springfield – Mt. Vernon area with the very best heating and cooling services available in southwest Missouri. All our technicians are licensed and insured, trained in the use of today’s most advanced technology, drug tested and background checked, and they won’t stop working until you’re completely satisfied.

To speak with one of our heating and cooling experts or to schedule an appointment give us a call at (417) 831-9500 in Springfield or (417) 466-2515 in Mt. Vernon, or you can schedule an appointment online.

No matter how you reach us, at Jon Wayne Heating & Air we’re always here to assist you, so let us hear from you today!

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