Heat Pump Advantages: Compared to Air Conditioners?

Many homeowners wonder what the differences could be between a central air conditioner and a heat pump. They look quite similar and both provide cooling. So what is the difference? Read on to find out about heat pump advantages.

How Heat Pumps Resemble Central A/Cs

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

How a Heat Pump Is Superior to an A/C

Topping the list of heat pump advantages is that you get both cooling and heating with the heat pump. It provides high-efficiency cooling in the summer, and efficient heating all winter. To heat your home, a reversing valve in the heat pump switches the flow of refrigerant. As the inside and outside refrigerant coils flip-flop their roles in the process, heat energy is extracted from outdoor air, brought inside and then released into the interior air. A well-maintained air-source heat pump is known to deliver three times the heat energy as the electric power that goes into it. This is superior in efficiency than even the most efficient gas furnace, which can never do better than 100 percent efficiency.

The ability to heat and cool makes air-source heat pumps a great convenient alternative for homeowners. However, in cold weather a heat pump can struggle to extract sufficient heat from the outside air to best heat a home. But most heat pumps do come with an emergency or auxiliary heating element (or backup gas furnace) to work when outside temperatures fall below freezing for extended periods.

 

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

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