Remember the movie “Grease” and those hot summer nights? Well on a hot summer night in the tri-cities area there is just one question in the battle to cool off, heat pump vs air conditioner, which is better?
The right answer to heat pump vs air conditioner is no answer
Yep, you read that right, there is no answer in the heat pump vs air conditioner question because every installation and situation is different. Either of these is a solution to keeping cool on a hot summer night, and depending on your existing system, either can be as economically correct.
Comparison: heat pump vs air conditioner
When you look at the two systems, there really are a lot of similarities. Both use outdoor units for power and both use thermal energy for heat transfer in the air and finally both are connected by a line charged with refrigerant to a coil.
The difference is an air conditioning unit collects air that passes over its’ coils, cools it and distributes it throughout your home via duct-work. (Just the basics, try Google for more in depth information.)
The heat pump on the other hand, can pull heat into your house to warm it in the winter and then expel heat from your home in the summer, to keep you cool. If you don’t already have a heating source for your home, obviously, this would be a very efficient system to install.
That doesn’t mean you should discount the air conditioner. If you already have a heating system in your home with ducts in place, adding a central air conditioning unit for cooling might be the most economical way to go.
In the tri-cities area, heat pump vs air conditioner is your choice
So now you know either the heat pump or the air conditioner will work in the tri-cities area, the only question is, which is most cost effective when tying into your current system. The choice of course is yours, but to get information and a recommendation on which system would work best for you, call Chinook at 509.736.1211. Chinook can help you settle your debate heat pump vs air conditioner and keep you cool on those hot summer nights.