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Heat Pumps, Central ACs—What’s the Difference?

question-markWe are already more than a week into June. The hottest weather of the year has not really hit yet, but it’s coming. This does not mean that it is too late for an AC replacement. If you have any concerns about whether or not your air conditioner is going to make it through the rest of the cooling season successfully, please let us know right away. Our air conditioning installation professionals will have a new unit in place for you ASAP.

Of course, this all begs the question of, should you decide to replace your AC, which type of system do you choose. Some homeowners are quite happy with the traditional split central air conditioning system, and with good cause. However, whether you are replacing an old system or investing in your first system for a newly constructed home, we think it’s in your best interest to explore your options. You don’t want to overlook a system that you’re not aware of which is actually the perfect fit, right? 

That’s Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump!

As soon as you start doing some research about available air conditioning systems, the heat pump is bound to come up. Heat pumps are actually very close relatives of the central air conditioner. Both are split central air conditioning systems that use the refrigerant cycle to cool homes.

When you run an air conditioner, you are not generating “coolness.” It is the lack of heat that you are feeling. By evaporating refrigerant in the indoor evaporator coil, your system is able to draw heat out of the air in the house that surrounds that coil. Then, it releases that heat outside as the refrigerant is condensed in the condenser coil.

So What’s Different About the Heat Pump?

A heat pump is actually able to reverse its operation in order to provide heating to homes, as well. A traditional combustion-based heater, like an oil boiler or a gas furnace, will combust fuel in order to generate new heat. Electric systems use electric resistance to do the same. However, the heat pump just acts like an AC in reverse. It reverses the flow of its refrigerant and the function of its coils to remove heat from the air outside.

Now, the system draws heat out of the air outside—and there is thermal energy to be had even when it is cold out. It compresses this refrigerant, maximizing its thermal energy before condensing it indoors, at which point it is used to heat the air in the house! Because no new heat is generated, this is a highly efficient way in which to heat a home.

Ductless mini splits are also heat pumps, using wall-mounted blowers to condition the space in which they’re installed, as opposed to a central ductwork system.

For all things HVAC in Medford, NJ, we are the company to call. Schedule your heat pump or central AC installation with the pros at Climate Mechanics LLC. We always do the job right. 

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