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It seems unimaginable to some to believe that air-conditioning units are very much like heat pumps. Perhaps it’s because heat is never synonymous with ACs. But then, whether you believe it or not, they follow a very simple and similar principle.
A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one place to another using two processes: evaporation and condensation. Most of the heat pumps make use of a refrigerant, which passes through a pair of coils that act as heat exchangers through a compressor. When the refrigerant is heated, it evaporates although at a lower pressure. In the process, heat is absorbed. On the other coil, the heat condenses using high pressure, then releasing the same heat absorbed.
What’s interesting about heat pumps, though, is that the process can be reversed, so they can actually work both as a heater and as a cooler or even an air-conditioning unit that can supply the needed air temperature at any time of the year.
There are many problems you may encounter with heat pumps, however, such as steam rising from the unit, ice freezing the coils, or the device itself just stops working altogether. Forgetting to maintain the unit may mean costly repairs later or an irreparable damage.
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