Heat Pump or Air Conditioner – Which is Best?
If it’s time to replace your existing air conditioning unit or heating source, you’re likely searching for the best bang for your buck. Heat pumps are a great option for homeowners looking to increase energy efficiency and install an all-in-one unit for space saving or budgeting purposes.
However, like everything in life, there are pros and cons to choosing a heat pump versus a more traditional air conditioning system. Continue reading to learn the difference between the two before you decide which is best for you.
Heat pump benefits
- Heat pumps are energy efficient and eco friendly. These systems don’t burn fossil fuels and act as an all-in-one unit, providing both heating and cooling depending on your needs.
- You’ll only have one system for easier maintenance, repairs, and service.
- Because heat pumps perform both heating and cooling, you will save space without the need for two separate units for heating and cooling.
Heat pump disadvantages
- An all-in-one system also means that you’re completely reliant on the unit. If it fails or stops working efficiently, you will be without heat and cooling capabilities until the problem is resolved.
- Heat pumps are less efficient in cold climates, as they will need to work harder to heat in the winter months. This can potentially eliminate the energy-efficient benefit from the “Pros” list, depending on your typical low temperatures.
- Heat pumps are typically more expensive to install. Although they eventually pay off from energy savings, the cost of installation for heat pumps is generally on the higher end in comparison to that of a traditional air conditioner.
Heat pump installation and service
Now that you know a bit more about heat pumps, you should be able to make an educated decision as to what cooling system is best for you.