What Is A Heat Pump?

Heat Pumps Are Part of The Home Heating and Cooling System

It Uses Outside Air to Both Heat and Cool Your Home

Tucson AZ Heat PumpsLooking for a home in southern Arizona? If you are, you need to understand a heat pump is often used for cooling and heating homes in the southwest.

Yes, many homes have traditional air conditioning and furnace heating. But heat pumps are also popular. Especially in subdivisions where natural gas is not, or was not, available when a home was built.

So, lets dive in and bring you up to speed on what to know about having a heat pump to cool and heat your home.


A heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system. It can used to either heat or cool a controlled space. AKA your home.

Think of a heat pump as a heat transporter. It moves warm air from one place to another, to where it’s needed or not needed, depending on the season.

It is interesting that even in air that seems too cold, heat energy is present.

That means a heat pump will extract heat from outside and transfers it inside. Even when it is cold outside.

When it’s warm outside, it acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.

Ok, a big question! How do it know?

Answer! The switch labeled “cool/heat” tells it what to do.

Heat pumps are best for moderate climates and work well in southern Arizona as a year-round solution for home comfort.


Heat pump outside unitA heat pump consists of two main components. An indoor air handler and an outdoor the outdoor heat pump.

The outdoor unit looks the same as an air conditioning unit. It contains a compressor the same as an A/C unit.

The compressor circulates refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. The process absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.


Heat pumps and air conditioners use the same technology to cool your home. They share the same energy-efficient features.

Minus a few small technical differences. Both heat pumps and air conditioners cool your home in the same way.

But a heat pump will also heat your home while an air conditioner can’t. That is why homes with an A/C have a furnace. A/C to cool and the furnace to heat the home.


The main difference between the two is how they create heat. A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. A furnace burns fuel to create heat.

Because of this, a heat pump will be more energy efficient.

Another difference between heat pumps and furnaces is energy efficiency and environmental impact. Heat pumps run on electricity. They do not emit any harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.

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