When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

Heat Pumps & Air Conditioners: What You Need To Know

by Clara Fernandez

When shopping for a new way to cool your home, you are bound to come across a multitude of options. However, there is one option that will stand out above the rest and may not even sound like it should be situated with cooling systems at all: the heat pump. A heat pump is both a cooling and heating system, and this form of system is highly regarded as one of the best in modern times. So should you go with a heat pump or an air conditioner for your home? Here are a few things you probably want to know before making your decision. 

What is the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner?

In general terms, a heat pump is much like an air conditioner. However, it has the capability of reversing the process to provide warm air instead of cold, which is something an air conditioner cannot do. It is a common misassumption that a heat pump is only used for home heating because of the name, but that is obviously not the case. As a matter of fact, heat pumps are sometimes referred to simply as HVAC systems, which stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Yet, there are multiple other types of heating/cooling systems that are referred to as HVAC systems as well. 

Can a heat pump do just as good at cooling your home?

A heat pump actually pulls heated air from your home and routes it outdoors, which may not sound like it would suffice to keep your house cool in the sweltering summer heat. But that simply is not the case. Most homeowners feel just as much comfort in their home with a heat pump as someone who had a basic air conditioning system. Even in the hottest climates, the heat pump is capable of keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. 

Is it less costly to operate a heat pump than an air conditioner?

Heat pumps are considered more cost-efficient to operate than a basic air conditioner for one primary reason. A heat pump expels hot air from the house as it sends refrigerated air inside, which allows for a faster cooling cycle. Most heat pumps operate on electricity, and different models can vary slightly in energy consumption during operation. Therefore, if it is cost savings you are going for, make sure you look for the models that have the best energy-saving ratings. 

For more information, contact your local air conditioning installation service. 


About Me

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.