What's The Difference Between A Heat Pump And An Air Conditioner?

Living in a hot environment, a lot of choices need to be made about you’re homes heating and cooling needs. How often does it need to be maintained, how efficient is my system running, is there a way to save on energy costs, is my system too old to function properly, does it need to be replaced?

Another question that may come to mind is which kind of system works best for you in the hottest and coldest months of the year; a heat pump, or an air conditioner? We all know how hot it gets during the summer, and we’re lucky to have fairly temperate winters, save for a few extra chilly days. Let’s walk through the differences and similarities of AC and heat pump systems.

Basically, air conditioners take the hot air from inside your home, and pump it back outside. Heat pumps work generally the same way to cool your home; they pump hot air from the inside back to the outside. The two systems work pretty similarly during the hot season.

The difference comes in during the cold season. If you have an air conditioner, you need a completely different system, like a furnace, for your heating needs. A heat pump, on the other hand, can do the heating all on its own, without the help of a second system. The heat pump essentially works in reverse during the winter; it takes the hot air from the outside, and pumps it back in. As strange as it may sound, in more temperate climates, there is usually enough heat in the outside air for the heat pump to do its job. And if it does get especially cold, and you still have a furnace, it can kick in to help you get through the cold snap.

While it may seem more comfortable having an AC unit and a furnace, the energy savings can really add up during a mild winter- which is pretty common in Las Vegas.

If you still can’t make a decision, call Climate Control Experts at (702) 710-7910. Our experts can give you sound advice and a reasonable quote for a new system, and answer any and all questions you may have about your home’s heating and cooling needs.


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