Posting Date: May 11, 2016
Posted by: Ed Harrison, Manager, Jacksonville, FL
While both systems are powered by outdoor units and both use energy to transfer heat from one place to another, they differ in one significant way: air conditioners only cool your home, while heat pumps provide both heating and cooling.
Here are some of the key benefits to each system:
- Heat pumps – Great efficiency, year-round comfort – The main advantage of a heat pump is cost efficiency: it can both cool and heat your home, and do the latter typically 3-4 times more efficiently than an electric heater.
A properly sized, well-maintained heat pump operating in a moderate climate could pay for itself in the savings of heating costs alone over a traditional heating / cooling HVAC system – meaning you get air cooling essentially for free.
- Central Air – Less cost up front, cool in any weather – A central A/C typically costs less upfront than a heat pump and will keep you cool no matter how high the mercury rises. Today’s central cooling systems are quiet, efficient, and reliable – a far cry from older machines and window A/Cs.
No matter what system you choose, installation and maintenance are the key
While today’s high-efficiency heat pumps and cooling systems aren’t cheap (although their cost can be reduced significantly with manufacturer’s incentives and rebates – contact us to learn more) – they are a worthwhile investment for your home comfort – and, in the long run, for your wallet, too.
But like any investment, your heat pump or A/C needs proper care – so make sure you hire a professional team like Broward’s to install, service, and repair your system the right way, every time.
Need help deciding what system is right for your home? Contact BFS today for a FREE estimate!