Heat Pump vs. Central HVAC: Which Is Better?

Shopping for new HVAC equipment can be a daunting endeavor, and the endless options can easily overwhelm a new buyer. However, if you’re looking for a new air conditioner, you can simplify the decision to two primary options: a central air conditioner and a heat pump. So which is right for you? Read on for Air Today’s tips on choosing your new HVAC equipment.

Heat pump vs. central A/C

Both traditional A/C units and heat pumps use refrigerant to move heat out of your home and keep it cool. However, heat pumps also use this process to bring heat from the outdoors into the home. In this way, they have dual functionality as an air conditioner in summer and a heating system in winter. On the other hand, central HVAC systems use an air conditioner for cooling and a furnace (typically gas-fueled) for heating.

Central A/C benefits in Charlotte

Central HVAC systems are highly effective at keeping homes comfortable year-round. The A/C unit will keep your home cool in the summer heat, and gas-fueled furnaces produce reliable heat that keeps the winter cold at bay. Central air is extremely popular in local homes, so if your home already has a gas furnace, your best option is to check out a high-efficiency air conditioner.

Heat pump benefits

Heat pumps offer the benefit of being highly efficient cooling and heating solutions. During summer, you get all the perks of traditional air conditioning. And in the winter, the heat pump doesn’t have to use gas fuel in order to heat your home. This is particularly effective in the mild winter climate we experience in Charlotte. In addition, if you need A/C in a finished basement or historic home, there are ductless heat pumps you can install in individual rooms.

Still not sure which HVAC system is right for you? That’s alright, Air Today is here to help! Call us today for more information on HVAC systems and installation.