Heat Pump or Air Conditioner?

Mar 4, 2019 | Heat Pumps

Married couple doing research, trying to decide between a heat pump or an air conditioner to cool their home in Phoenix, AZ.

Whether you have a new construction or remodel, or it is simply time to replace your HVAC system’s components, you will eventually need to make the decision about installing a heat pump or air conditioner/furnace system.

The question begs to be asked: What is the difference between a heat pump and a traditional air conditioner/furnace system?

In warm weather, the function of an air conditioner or a heat pump is essentially the same—to cool your home. Both function by pulling heat out of the air, leaving you with cooler air inside your home.

The biggest difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is that as the weather cools down, a heat pump can be reversed so it takes heat from outside the home and moves it inside, effectively warming up your house. A heat pump does two jobs—warms and cools. In general, a heat pump uses less energy, since you have one appliance doing two jobs.

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In colder, northern climates, often a heat pump may only work as supplemental heating for a furnace in larger homes. In warmer, southern climates, like Phoenix, a heat pump is usually the only appliance you need to keep your home comfortable all year long.

In northern states, a furnace is usually the primary source of heat for a home. A heat pump can get strained as temperatures fall below 40 degrees, because a heat pump’s primary function is pulling heat from one place and transferring it to another. The colder the air and ground become, the less heat there is for a pump to transfer.

A heat pump is always environmentally friendly, especially a geothermal heat pump. It uses the ground as a heat source rather than burning fossil fuels or natural gas. It uses the earth’s natural temperature to heat and cool.

There are a number of things to consider when choosing to install a heat pump or a traditional AC/furnace system. At Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling, we can help you decide what is best for you. The size and location of your home, as well as the climate, are all factors in finding the right system for you. The expert technicians at Scottsdale Air are here to help and help you find the most cost-effective option we can.

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Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and surrounding Arizona communities with their heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 480-467-3586, or request service online today.

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