Should I Install a Heat Pump or an Air Conditioner?

February 15, 2017

If your Ohio home is ready for a new cooling system, you have a number of options at your disposal. Choosing from the many different cooling systems can be overwhelming. Before you start shopping for a system, you’re going to need to decide if a heat pump or an air conditioner is right for you. Rick’s Heating & Cooling wants you to be confident in your choice. Here are some considerations you can make when choosing between the two types of systems.

Benefits of Air Conditioners

Air conditioners use refrigerant to manufacture cool air. Using the change from gas to liquid, an air conditioner pulls hot air out of the home’s indoor air, cools it, and then returns the cooled air through the ductwork into the home. This effectively cools the home, no matter what the outdoor temperature.

Air conditioners cost less than heat pumps to install. This can help reduce your installation costs, which is helpful if you have a tight budget when purchasing a system. The main drawback with an air conditioner is the fact that it is less efficient than a heat pump when cooling the home. If you purchase a model with a higher efficiency rating, you will pay more for the unit, which negates the benefit of choosing an air conditioner.

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Benefits of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps cool the home by collecting heat from inside the home and moving it outside. This is a highly efficient way to cool a home. Today’s heat pumps have a SEER rating of at least 13, which is quite efficient. If you’re looking for a reliable and efficient cooling option, a heat pump is a good choice.

Heat pumps are also beneficial because they both heat and cool the home. This means that one unit does both jobs. Homes that have air conditioners also need to have furnaces to heat the home in the winter, but homes with a heat pump can use one unit for both jobs.

The main drawback of the heat pump is the fact that it costs more to purchase and install than an air conditioner. Also, it may not be as efficient as a furnace to heat a home when temperatures dip below freezing.

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Which System Is Right for Your Ohio Home?

So which cooling option is right for your Ohio home? If your installation budget is tight and you have a working furnace, then an air conditioner is probably your best option. Air conditioners are cheaper to install, and you won’t have to worry about replacing your furnace. If you’re concerned about the efficiency of the system and need a heating solution as well as a cooling solution, then a heat pump may be the right choice. The answer to this question is different for each homeowner, so you will need to weigh your options to make the right choice for your home and family.

Need help deciding? Call Rick’s Heating & Cooling for expert advice.

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Air conditioners and heat pumps both have benefits and drawbacks. Making the decision for your home isn’t always easy. Rick’s Heating & Cooling has a team of HVAC professionals that can help you make the right choice. Once you make your choice, our professional installation team will ensure that it’s ready to serve your family well. For expert advice and reliable installation for your Ohio home, contact Rick’s at 513-899-6005.