Air Conditioners vs. Heat Pumps

outdoor HVAC unitWhen the time comes to add an air conditioner or heat pump to your home, you may wonder which option is right for you. Both of these HVAC systems help to keep your home at the right temperature, but one option may be better for you than the other. Here is some information on heat pumps and air conditioners so you can decide which product to have installed in your home.

How Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Are Similar

Heat pump and air conditioning work in similar ways. These HVAC systems take heat from inside the home and move it to a location outside. This is done using a compressed refrigerant that collects heat from inside the house when the air passes over the air handler coil. The air is then directed outside the home. In addition to having little operation differences, outdoor units of the heat pump and air conditioner systems also look similar and offer similar energy costs and efficiency.

How They Are Different

Although the cooling mode is similar for heat pumps and air conditioners, the two systems differ because the air conditioner doesn’t offer heat while the heat pump does. The heat pump performs heating and cooling services, while the air conditioner is often paired with a furnace to do cooling and heating, respectively.

Benefits of Each Option

To decide which option is best for your home, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of each HVAC system. The benefits of a heat pump include the following: it handles both heating and cooling for your home, is a less expensive indoor unit, has minimal upkeep, and has energy-efficient components. As for air conditioner benefits, this HVAC system cools quickly, does the job efficiently, offers an air filter component to filter the air, and evenly distributes the cool air throughout the house. 

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Finding the Right One For You

When deciding which HVAC system suits you, consider if you want an all-in-one unit that handles heating and cooling needs. In addition, think of whether you want the air to be distributed evenly throughout your home and also the system’s overall efficiency. Lastly, if you want an air filter component, this can also guide your decision. 

Whether you want to buy a heat pump or air conditioner for your home, Air Design can help you find the product that suits your property best.

Contact Air Design to learn about your heat pump and air conditioning options today!