Heat pump vs air conditioners What’s better for your home?

When it comes to cooling your home this summer, you have the choice between a heat pump and an air conditioner… but which is the better option? 

Despite the name, heat pumps are perfectly capable of cooling a home. In warmer weather, the pump removes hot air from inside the house. In the winter, it works the opposite way by transferring heat from the outside air to the inside of your home. Heat pumps use both electricity and refrigerant to create this movement of heat.

With an air conditioning unit, heat is also removed through refrigerant, but unlike a heat pump, the unit is only capable of cooling the home; it cannot heat it. You need to have a separate furnace to heat the home. 

In terms of energy efficiency, heat pumps and air conditioners both rely on electricity. In turn, they do not require the use of more expensive heating methods such as natural gas, propane, or oil. 

Heat pumps require an indoor and outdoor unit. While the indoor unit may be cheaper, the outdoor unit can be a bit more expensive. That said, since an air conditioner doesn’t provide heat, a separate furnace is necessary for the winter months. To get the best estimate of which option is most affordable in the short and long term, consult with trained professionals like those found at Krantz.

With the milder weather of spring, now is the time to investigate a system change. Krantz technicians are dedicated to listening to your needs and helping you navigate the options to find the solution right for your family and home.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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