Heat Pump Advantages: Compare Them to Air Conditioners

Many homeowners can be confused over the difference between a central air conditioner and a heat pump. After all, they look very similar and both provide cooling. So what’s the difference? Read on to learn about some heat pump advantages.

How Heat Pumps Resemble Central A/Cs

When it comes to household cooling, a heat pump and A/C are generally the same machine. Both systems operate on today’s refrigeration process to draw out heat energy and moisture from your inside air, and then release the heat into the outside air, using refrigerant, copper coils, fans and a compressor. Moisture then removed from the air drips into a condensate collection pan and drains away. Both systems use a powerful indoor fan to circulate the cool air (which results from heat removal) through ducts and into your home’s rooms.

How a Heat Pump Is Superior to an A/C

Among all of the heat pump advantages thought, the main one is you get both cooling and heating with the heat pump. It distributes high-efficiency cooling in the summer, and efficient heating in the winter. To warm your home, a reversing valve in the heat pump switches the refrigerant flow. As the inside and outside refrigerant coils flip-flop roles in the process, heat energy is extracted from the outside air, brought inside then released into the interior air. A well-maintained air-source heat pump delivers up to three times the heat energy as the electric power that goes into it. This supremely more efficient than even the most efficient gas furnace, which can’t do better than 100 percent efficiency.

The ability to heat and cool makes air-source heat pumps a great convenient alternative for homeowners. However, there can be a downside – in cold weather, a heat pump will struggle to extract enough heat from the outside air to comfortably heat your home. But most heat pumps come with an emergency or auxiliary heating element (or a backup gas furnace) to take over when those outside temperatures fall below freezing for extended periods.

For help finding a quality heat pump or A/C for your Frederick area home, please contact us at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.

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