A heat pump is an air conditioner in which the refrigeration cycle can be reversed, producing heating instead of cooling in the indoor environment. They are also commonly referred to as a "reverse cycle air conditioner". The heat pump is significantly more energy efficient than electric resistance heating. Some homeowners elect to have
a heat pump system installed as a feature of a central air conditioner. When the heat pump is in heating mode, the indoor evaporator coil switches roles and becomes the condenser coil, producing heat. The outdoor condenser unit also switches roles to serve as the evaporator, and discharges cold air (colder than the ambient outdoor air).
Heat pumps are very popular in the warmer climates, they run efficiently if the average temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat pumps are more effective for heating than for cooling an interior space if the temperature differential is held equal. One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump over a standard heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is that there's no
need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home.
We can answer your questions about heat pumps vs traditional air conditioning units. When you schedule a consultation we can give you the pros and cons of both types of systems to best suit your needs.