Winters in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are usually very mild. Temperatures may dip into the 40s and 50s, but they don’t often go much lower than that. In our local climate, a heat pump may be the best choice for your year-round home comfort needs.
Heat pumps work by transferring heat from the air, moving it inside your home when necessary and shifting it away when it’s not needed. Heat pumps contain a refrigeration system consisting of a compressor and two sets of coils, one inside the house and the other outside. During heating functions, liquid refrigerant in the exterior coils becomes a gas and captures heat from the air. In the house, the gaseous refrigerant condenses back into a liquid, releasing the heat and providing indoor warming. In the summer, this process works in reverse. Interior heat is captured and released into the air outside, which cools your home.
During the warmer seasons, heat pumps are an effective and efficient source of cooling. The same is true during cooler seasons when temperatures are relatively mild and you don’t need substantial amounts of heating. Heat pumps are most effective at temperatures above about 30 degrees; below that level, they quickly lose efficiency. Since Los Angeles rarely sees temperatures that low, heat pumps continue to work well during the winter and beyond.
Heat pumps operate very efficiently, so they can also save you money. Because heat pumps do not burn combustible fuels to generate heat, they can produce up to three times as much heat energy as the electrical energy they use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has been a trusted source of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning service since 1967. We serve customers in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including Pasadena, Glendale and Santa Monica. Contact us todayfor more information on heat pumps, and for help deciding if one will be right for your home heating and cooling needs.
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