Is it about time to replace your air conditioner? Maybe you’ve been doing your homework, looking around at new models and their features and comparing prices. There’s still one question, though: how does a heat pump compare with an A/C in terms of energy efficiency?
Heat Pumps vs. Air Conditioners
When it comes to cooling your home, an air conditioner and a heat pump work pretty much the same way. They both use liquid refrigerant and compressor coils to cool the air before circulating it through your home. But while an A/C is used exclusively for cooling down warm spaces in the summer, heat pumps can be used year round.
In the winter, that liquid refrigerant becomes a heating element in the heat pump. It absorbs heat from the air outside, which causes it to evaporate into a gas. Then, as it condenses back into a liquid again, the heat that’s released is used to heat your home.
Heat Pump Efficiency
Traditionally, heat pumps were generally considered a better choice for milder climates, as colder temperatures had a tendency to cause ice to build on the coils, which meant that the system couldn’t function. Now, however, advances in technology allow heat pumps to transition to backup heating sources when temperatures dip below freezing. But even though those extreme cold temperatures are a rarity in Florida, a heat pump is still an ideal HVAC solution.
Not only is it an all-in-one package, it also uses much less energy than a traditional furnace. Extracting heat from the air allows it to heat your home more efficiently. Plus, modern heat pumps have additional features that add to their energy savings, such as variable speed blowers. This allows you to adjust the rate at which air blows based on need. In freezing temperatures, warm air can blow full blast, whereas in mildly cool temperatures, you can turn the blower down, saving energy. No matter what your heating and cooling needs are, heat pumps can save you energy while keeping you comfortable year round.
Learn more about United Air Conditioning’s heat pump options, or contact us today at 727-531-0496 to schedule an appointment!