What’s the Difference Between an AC and a Heat Pump

If your old cooling system has broken down due to old age or some irreparable issue, you must have started looking for new HVAC cooling systems. As you know, there are two types of cooling systems available in the market, air conditioners and heat pumps. Both serve the same purpose: cooling down your home during the summer season. Even if you have made up your mind about buying one of them, you should consider reading further to know whether your decision is the one fit for your requirements or not. You can also contact a heating contractor in Vista to know which one is better for you.

  1. Operational difference
    An air conditioner does not produce cool air internally, it works differently. An air conditioner sucks up the warm indoor air, where the refrigerant absorbs the warmth in it. This refrigerant gives away its heat to the condenser coil, which throws it out in the outdoor air. In short, an air conditioner throws away the warmth in the indoor air outdoors to cool down the house.
    A heat pump works similarly. The two types of heat pumps are air-source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. An air-source heat pump transfers heat from indoor to outdoor, and a geothermal heat pump transfers heat to the ground or a water source. If you purchase a geothermal heat pump, you will also have to set up a ground loop. Contact a heating contractor in Vista to know more details.
  2. Heating difference
    An air conditioner cannot warm up your home in the winter season, while a heat pump can. So, you can use your air conditioner only in the summer season, while you can use your heat pump all around the year.
    An air-source heat pump absorbs outside heat through the refrigerant. The refrigerant transfers the heat to the evaporator coil that emits thermal energy to the vents. In contrast, a geothermal heat pump absorbs heat from the ground or a water source.

  3. Efficiency difference
    Both air conditioners and heat pumps have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating to measure their efficiency. Contact a heating repair in Vista to get information about each model’s SEER.
    Air conditioners may face technical problems if the temperature during the summer season increases too much. Your air conditioner will not cool efficiently if the temperature rises above 20 degrees.
    Heat pumps do not have any issues related to the outside temperature. They will work on the same efficiency level irrespective of the external temperature.

  4. Price difference
    An air conditioner is costlier than a heat pump, the air-source heat pump being the most affordable, but you will have to spend more on purchasing a backup heating system for the two. A geothermal heat pump is the costliest of the three, but you will not have to spend extra to buy a backup heating system.

Let Precision get you the best offers on air conditioners and heat pumps. Look for heating repair in Vista, or contact us at (760) 203-6700 or email us at info@precision-ac.com.



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