Newport Beach, CA has the benefit of being on the coast, where temperatures are milder than they are elsewhere in Southern California. That doesn’t change the fact that we still get our share of hot days, as last week’s heat wave proved. It also means that our winters are cooler than elsewhere in the Southland, since our proximity to the ocean can create some chilly nights. We often recommend heat pumps for our clients in the area, which do the job of a heater and an air conditioner all in one stroke. Now is the perfect time of year to install one, before winter sets in. Here’s a quick look at how they work.
Air Conditioning With a Twist
Most heat pumps function in a manner that differs little from traditional centralized air conditioning. Refrigerant passes through a series of valves and coils that first bleed heat from it (releasing it outside your home), then shift it form a liquid to a gaseous state (pulling heat from the nearby air in the process). The cool air can then be blown through the ducts in your home.
The difference with heat pumps is that the flow of refrigerant can be reversed on cold days, cooling the air outside your home and releasing warm air inside. Not only does it offer an all-in-one home heating and cooling solution, but it uses less fuel to create heat than other kinds of heating system, which means it tends to cost much less to run during the cooling months. Heat pumps make an ideal fit for our mild weather here on he coast, and Mitsubishi and other quality companies offer ductless mini-split heat pumps which increase the versatility of your system.
If this sounds like a good fit for your home, call Command A/C today to discuss your options!