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Is a Heat Pump Always a Better Choice Than an AC?

air-conditioner-unitYou’re thinking about getting a new cooling system installed for your home. It might be a new house getting its first cooling system, or it be might a replacement for an AC system you’ve had for years. Whatever the case, you’ll face a few important choices. One of those is whether you should have a standard air conditioner installed or a heat pump. A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can switch the direction it works so it can change over to heating a home as well.

“That’s neat,” you might say. “I’ll get the heat pump!”

Heat pumps are great, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Let’s delve deeper into the choice between a standard air conditioning system and a heat pump system.

Are You Only Planning on a New Cooling Installation?

In other words, do you have a heating system that doesn’t need replacement in the near future? If so, then a heat pump isn’t your ideal choice. Heat pumps cost more money than air conditioners, so to get your money’s worth out of a heat pump, you need to use it in both cooling and heating modes. If you purchase a heat pump that’s only going to work in cooling mode, you should stick with a standard air conditioner.

On the other hand, if you’re also planning a heating replacement in the future, a heat pump is one of your best choices because you can take care of both your comfort needs in a single installment.

Does a Heat Pump Fit with Your Budget Plans?

As we mentioned above, heat pumps cost more to install than air conditioners. Although a heat pump can potentially save you money on your heating costs—especially if you’re replacing an electric furnace—that may not outweigh the higher initial cost. Let an HVAC professional help you with balancing out future savings vs. immediate savings.

Will a Heat Pump Be Able to Handle Heating Your Home?

As a cooling system, a heat pump can deliver the same amount of cooling power and energy efficiency as an AC of the same size. The difference is with heating: heat pumps are less energy efficient when they’re in heating mode because they must draw their thermal energy from outdoors on cold days. For some homes, a heat pump alone won’t be able to do the job in winter. There is an option for a hybrid heating system in this case, which combines the heat pump with a small backup furnace.

If you wish to know if a heat pump is the right choice for your new HVAC installation, talk to our Bellevue, WA heat pump experts. We’re dedicated to seeing our customers receive the best possible work, and our NATE-certified technicians will perform a load calculation for your house to determine the best way to heat and cool it. They’ll work closely with you to guide you toward the comfort system option that’s the best fit.

Install the right HVAC system for your needs. S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling offers Quality Service for Quality Living!

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