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AC vs. Heat Pump: Which Is Better for Your Home?


Is it time to replace your air conditioner? Maybe it failed completely at the end of last summer, or maybe you know it’s on its last legs. But since you’re looking into your replacement options, you’ve probably started to wonder whether a traditional air conditioner or a heat pump is a better choice.

Before you consult a professional for help sorting through the possibilities, you may want some more information. Here are some reasons you might want a heat pump instead of an air conditioner, and some reasons why you might decide against it.

AC and Heat Pump Similarities

These two options do have a lot in common. They both use a compressor to cycle refrigerant through coils, absorbing and releasing heat as the refrigerant evaporates and condenses. In that way, an air conditioner is actually pumping heat just as a heat pump does. They contain many other components that are also the same, such as fans and fan motors. And they are both effective at cooling your home.

AC and Heat Pump Differences

The chief difference between the two is that the heat pump has a reversing valve. When you flip the switch, the direction of flow of the refrigerant changes to move the opposite way. Because of this, a heat pump is not just a cooling system. It can also be used to bring heat into your home. Heat pumps also cool more efficiently than air conditioners, which can cut down your utility bills, but they do cost more at the outset.

Points in Favor of an Air Conditioner

If you’re happy with your heating system and expect it to last many more years, you probably don’t want to invest in a system that heats as well as cools. And if you need to find a way to cool your home that is less expensive at the outset, because you don’t have time to save up for a more costly option, an air conditioner will set you back considerably less than a heat pump. 

Points in Favor of a Heat Pump

If you’re concerned about your heating system as well as your air conditioner, and expect to have to replace it in the next few years, a heat pump could be a wiser choice than purchasing both an air conditioner and a furnace. And if your home is not connected to your local gas provider, and you don’t have any gas appliances, a heat pump is a great way to warm your home without the considerable expense of having the gas company connect your home to their system. 

The Bottom Line

The only way to have all the relevant information about which choice is best for your home, budget, and lifestyle is to reach out to a professional who is knowledgeable and experienced in all things HVAC in Loganville, GA. A technician can help you estimate the remaining life expectancy of your heating system, assess the size and layout of your home, and provide details about all your options. 

Reach out to Wall Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. with all your home comfort questions.

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