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Heat Pumps or Air Conditioners - Which Is Best for Efficient Cooling in Winston Salem, NC?

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Are you looking for higher energy efficiency in a cooling system? There are a lot of options, but not enough information comparing what’s available. A quick breakdown of the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners can help.

The Lowdown on Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one area to another. In the summer, that means taking the hot air from inside your house and sending it outside, and it works in the reverse in the winter to heat your home.

Living in the mild climate we have in the South, a heat pump is a great way to both heat and cool your home. They’re incredibly energy efficient when it comes to heating your home, but cooling costs are about equal to those you’ll find with a central air conditioner. The biggest difference is that you can use the same unit to both heat and cool your home.

What You Need to Know About Air Conditioners

In comparison to a heat pump, a central air conditioner works to cool your home with a condenser, a compressor, and an evaporator. By moving refrigerant back and forth between the evaporator and the condenser, the components work together to cool your home by pulling air in and over the evaporator coils to cool it. A blower then pushes the cooled air out and into the rooms in your house.

It takes about the same amount of electricity to run an air conditioner as it does to run a heat pump cooling system. The big difference is that you can buy high-efficiency AC units that will work in conjunction with a high-efficiency furnace.

When you’re trying to decide which cooling system is the right choice, energy efficiency is an important consideration. To get the information regarding other factors that can contribute to your energy efficiency when selecting an HVAC system, contact our team of experts at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc.

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