Heat Pump vs. Air Conditioner

by | May 9, 2017 | Cooling, Heat Pump

Technician talking to a customer about the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner in Baldwin City, KS

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

A heat pump is always environmentally friendly, particularly a geothermal heat pump. It uses the ground as a heat source rather than burning fossil fuels or natural gas, and 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 The Smith Service Company, we can help you decide what is best for you. Call us today at 785-594-8800, or request service online!

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The Smith Service Co. services Baldwin City, Lawrence, Ottawa, Gardner, De Soto, Eudora, Olathe, and the surrounding Kansas communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 785-594-8800, or request service online today.

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