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Heat Pumps vs. Air Conditioners: What's Right for Me?

Heat Pumps vs. Air Conditioners: What's Right for Me?

Based on the name alone, you may be wondering how a heat pump and an air conditioner can serve the same purpose. However, heat pumps are a great, energy efficient way to both heat and cool your home, and can actually replace a traditional AC unit for many homeowners. Deciding if a heat pump is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including your exact location and the design of your house.

Call our Murrieta HVAC experts at (951) 419-4146to discuss your heating and cooling needs!

Air Conditioners/Furnaces

A traditional home heating and cooling system will consist of a gas or electric furnace for heating, alongside an air conditioner to keep the home cool in the summer. These two separate, dedicated components are typically robust and capable of operating in harsher temperatures. Other advantages of air conditioner/furnace systems include:

  • Furnaces typically will not shut down in extremely cold temperatures
  • A furnace reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heat sources
  • Typically cheaper than a heat pump
  • Less maintenance than a heat pump

Heat Pumps

In the summer months, heat pumps operate in a very similar way to air conditioners. Essentially, they pull heat from the air inside the house, and push it outside the house. However, these devices can be reversed, causing them to pull heat from outside the house, and push it inside. The major advantages of heat pumps include:

  • Heating/cooling in one device
  • Generally less expensive to run
  • Heating source is better for the environment

So Which One Should I Choose?

Although heat pumps are more efficient and include both heating and cooling in one device, they do have some limitations. If you tend to experience especially frigid temperatures, a traditional furnace may be a better option, as heat pumps may not operate when it gets too cold outside. However, many people choose to keep their furnace for extra heating, and use a heat pump for the majority of their temperature control.

Ultimately, you’ll want to work with a Murrieta air conditioning expert to determine which option is best for your home. Regardless of what you decide on, you can trust the experienced team at Correy Baker Heating and Air to install your new air conditioner orheat pump. Winter is approaching fast – call us today for top-notch service!


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