Spring is here, and that means it’s about time to make the switch from heating to cooling. But just like with heating, there are two different types of AC – and don’t let the name fool you: Heat pumps provide both hot and cold air! In this post, we’ll discuss the differences between heat pumps and air conditioners, and how to decide which is best for your home or business.
The airflow within a heat pump can be reversed, which is why it’s able to both heat and cool your home. Air conditioners are completely separate cooling units and are usually paired with a gas furnace that provides heat.
Heat pumps, which run on electricity, have become much more popular in recent years because of the ease of switching between heating and cooling. However, some home or business owners may be reluctant to make the switch. Here are a few things to consider:
The cost to purchase and install a heat pump or air conditioner can vary greatly depending on your current setup. If your home or business currently uses electric heat, it is probably less expensive to go for a heat pump, while an air conditioner may be more cost-effective with gas power.
Both heat pumps and air conditioners use refrigerants for cooling, and both circulate that air throughout a space to help keep it fresh. When it comes to cooling, the efficiency between the two is pretty compatible.
When it comes to heating, the efficiency can be determined by the weather. Here in West Texas, where we enjoy relatively mild winters, the electric power of a heat pump can keep you warm more efficiently than a gas furnace. However, during times of prolonged freezing weather, a gas furnace can prove more efficient. Some home or business owners may choose to combine these two systems for efficiency and comfort year-round.
For an easy way to check efficiency, you can consider Energy Star models, which are available for AC units and heat pumps. And don’t forget to look for models with high SEER and HSPF ratings.
Arguably the most important part of purchasing any appliance or HVAC system is knowing how long it will last. Since heat pump systems run year-round, they tend to need replacements more often than an air conditioner that’s only used during the summer. Of course, any unit will last longer with regular maintenance to catch any potential small problems before they turn into big ones.
WORTH THE CALL
If you’re considering a new HVAC, and aren’t sure if a heat pump or AC/furnace combo is right for you, let The Bosworth Company help. Our certified technicians can diagnose the needs of your home or business to help you decide what works best. We’re proud to be premier dealers of LENNOX HVAC systems, including heat pumps, ACs, and furnaces. We even install mini-split systems! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.