Climate control in your home is a vital part of your everyday comfort levels. You want to be able to have peace of mind when it comes to heating or cooling your Florida home. If your current cooling system is on the fritz, it is time to consider a new installation.
One of the most popular questions our technicians here at Rainbow Lakes Heating & Air, Inc. receive is, which is better a heat pump or an air conditioner? Learning the differences between the two can help you make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. Discover below the major differences between the two or call our office to discuss your options with one of our expert technicians.
AC Versus Heat Pump Main Difference
The main difference between an AC unit and a heat pump is the way that the two systems heat your home. The heat pump easily reverses the air flow when you need heat instead of cold. This takes whatever ambient heat is outside the home and brings it in to help it feel warm and cozy. On the other hand, the air conditioner actually has to heat the air itself at the air handler. Some units utilize electric strips that are heat resistant. With the AC system working harder, it will be less efficient.
On average, the heat pump may cost a slight bit more than your traditional AC installation. However, the upfront cost can actually average over time due to the many benefits that the heat pump brings. With a heat pump, you are going to gain more over the long term with an efficiency that brings down your monthly energy costs. The upfront cost may look higher, but you must consider the savings you’ll get over the life of the entire system.