Heat pump vs. air conditioner: which is the right choice for your home?

If you’re thinking about remodeling, refitting, or have recently acquired a new property, you have some decisions to make. The choice between heat pumps and air conditioners depends largely on the needs of your property. The two systems are similar in the way they heat a space, but where they differ is how they cool your environment.

It is important to understand the two different systems before making a decision. Here are some pros and cons of heat pump systems and central air conditioning.

Central air: pros and cons

Three things that modern air conditioners provide are reliability, cost-effectiveness, and they are relatively quiet. They cost significantly less than a heat pump, and for a good reason – they only cool the air in your home, they can’t heat it as well. The flip side of that is that they are quiet and efficient as well as costing less money.

The main difference between central air conditioning units and heat pumps is that a heat pump can both heat and cool your house whereas a central air conditioning unit only cools the air in the house. This is one of the reasons why a heat pump is more expensive.

The central air conditioning system is much smaller than a heat pump, so if space is a consideration, you should opt for a central air conditioning system.

Heat pumps: pros and cons

The main advantage to this system is that it both cools and heats; it also does both of these jobs very well (it is three to four times more efficient than an electric heater). If you already have an efficient heating system in your house, you can add a heat pump to your existing system for lower heating bills.

A heat pump essentially pays for itself in the savings from your heating bills alone, which makes your air conditioning basically free.

It is also an environmentally sound way to heat and cool your home as it draws on “local” sources like geothermal vents underground to heat your house and the air in the atmosphere to cool it.

Depending on the needs of your property, you will want to weigh the pros and cons when it comes to a new heating and cooling system or augmenting the one you have.

As with all systems, installation and proper upkeep by experts like Cascade Mechanical are essential to maintaining the efficiency and functionality of your heating and cooling systems.


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Cascade Mechanical provides the finest indoor comfort control solutions for residents of Methow Valley, Lake Chelan Valley and the Okanogan Valley areas. You will not find better HVAC service anywhere else. Why? First, we make complete customer satisfaction part of our every day business practice. Second, whether you need routine maintenance, complicated repairs or a new turnkey installation, our experienced technicians are ready for the task. Third, we offer the finest heating, cooling and indoor air quality products in the industry. Products with high efficiency ratings and long lasting performance that will save you money on your energy costs. Whether it be under 20 degrees in January or high nineties in August, the customer service staff and technicians of Cascade Mechanical are here to ensure your family stays comfortable through any season. That’s our promise to you.