Should you replace your air conditioner with a heat pump?
Do you find yourself in need of a replacement for your air conditioner this summer? The amount of HVAC system options may seem overwhelming. But just remember, it really all boils down to what you currently have in your home and what you want to get out of your equipment. For example, if you have a split system you should stick with a split system. Likewise, if you have a packaged system you should stick with a packaged system. This is because it’s not worth the cost to switch from one configuration to another.
But, what about switching from an air conditioner to a heat pump? On the surface, air conditioners and heat pumps are very much the same. The main difference is that a heat pump is able to reverse the cooling process to provide electric powered heat as well.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when looking for a new system. These questions can really help steer you towards the correct cooling system.
- Is gas more expensive that electricity?
- Do you live in an area with mild/cold springs and falls?
- Do you find yourself running electric-powered emergency heat?
- Is the weather around you unpredictable?
- Do you want fuel choice flexibility?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a heat pump could be right for you! But, if you still need more details about the difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump to make your final decision, check our our previous blog post.
For final word on system selection, have a conversation with a heating and cooling contractor. They can let you us whether a heat pump makes sense for a homeowner in your area.
Have you recently made the switch from an air conditioner to a heat pump? Are you enjoying the benefits of the new system?