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Heat Pump Vs Central AC: Which Should You Choose?

Your home likely already has central air conditioning. It’s still the most-used cooling system in the US, and for good reason. Today we’re going to compare it to heat pumps, so you can better understand if Sanford AC installation is still the right choice for you, or if it’s time for a change.

Let’s Look at Central AC First

Central air conditioning is still reliable, and in many ways, it could be better for your home than a heat pump. Before you can draw that conclusion for yourself, let’s go over the benefits of central.

  • Central AC helps filter air throughout your home. While it’s no replacement for an air purifier or other IAQ device, it does a good job of pulling a lot of dust and debris out of the air.
  • An AC will last for around 10-15 years with proper maintenance and timely repairs, and in some cases, it may last you for even longer depending on care.
  • The whole point of central AC is to get balanced air across your entire home, and that’s exactly what happens. It’s not as targeted as systems like ductless air conditioners are, but on the same note, you don’t have to worry–you just turn it on, and you’re ready to go.

But it’s not all sunshine. Central AC has its own problems, and to stay objective, you should look at those as well before making the decision to stick with central.

  • Central AC isn’t efficient when compared against other available options. You simply spend more money running a central AC system than you do a heat pump.
  • It only operates to cool your home, and leaves you with another machine to maintain and repair as well. It doesn’t do it all.

So Now, Let’s Peek at Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are talked about as an end-all to central AC, but while it has its benefits, we don’t think it outright replaces central air conditioning in every category. Let’s look at the benefits of heat pumps, then roll into the downsides you need to keep in mind.

  • You get two systems in one. A heat pump is both a home heater and an air conditioner, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining two separate systems any longer.
  • Operating expenses are simply lower. You don’t have to pay as much to run your heat pump because it’s extremely energy efficient.
  • Because they’re efficient, they may run less often or for shorter runtimes, reducing wear and tear on the system.

So what’s the downside, then? Here are a few to consider.

  • The upfront price of installing a heat pump is high. It might give you a bit of sticker shock, but keep in mind it’s replacing two different types of HVAC machines.
  • When it gets frigid, a gas furnace may work more efficiently in extremely cold temperatures than a heat pump, but we don’t have to worry about that here in Florida.

Well, What Do You Choose?

The choice is up to you. If a heat pump’s long-term benefits sound great to you, that’s excellent and we’ll help you make the switch. If not, we can replace your old AC with a new unit–whatever way you decide to lean, you’ve got us to help you out.

Contact Facemyer Air Conditioning and Heating today to schedule your AC installation or heat pump installation as soon as possible.

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