In summer, cooling system is a requirement for every home. Whether you are building a new home, or need to replace the cooling system in your existing one, you may be study choosing between a central air conditioning system or a heat pump, but which one is right for us?


Read this blog, so that you can get an idea to take a decision that will work best for your home, budget, and family. 

What is the Difference between Central Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps?

Both a central air conditioner and a heat pump use electricity to operate, they do work in different ways to cool your home. In order to provide cooling an air conditioner produces heat. When you want to heat your house with the heat pump, you simply switch to the heating mode.

In addition to these similarities, there are a few differences between this two, including:


Heat pumps helps dual purpose, cooling your home during the summer, while provide heat in the winter.

Ductless options

Many heat pumps use a ductless mini-split system, where separate supply units are installed in each room or specific space, mounted high on the wall or ceiling, and manage independently.

Central Air Conditioners

This type of system depend on a network of ducts to distribute cool, conditioned air throughout your home. A split system is the most common, including both an indoor and outdoor component, and refrigerant is circulated between the outdoor condenser unit, and the indoor evaporator coil. The refrigerant works to both cool and clean the air, while the blower keeps the cool air circulating.

Heat Pumps

As the name indicates, this type of system pumps hot air out of your home during the summer months and pumps heat into your home in the winter months. The similar basic principles of a central air conditioning system apply, where a series of indoor and outdoor coils transfer and circulate refrigerant. The difference between the two types of systems is that a heat pump can contrary to the entire process, changing the function of the evaporator and condenser coils to raise, rather than lower, indoor temperatures.

Which One Should You Choose?

Both central air conditioners and heat pumps can effectively cool your home, provided they are professionally installed and maintained, and constantly upgraded to maximize energy efficiency. The biggest advantage is an air conditioner will give you a cool, comfortable home in the summer with very less cost than a heat pump. Central Air conditioners do not provide heating, but heat pumps do. A heat pump can heat and cool, but an air conditioner cannot, which is the primary difference between this two systems. An air conditioner is typically paired with a furnace to provide heat during the cold months. If you already have an energy efficient way to heat your home, such as a high efficiency gas furnace, then possibly a heat pump will not yield a high enough return on investment.

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