What’s the difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump?

Summer is approaching, and with it comes the promise of hot days…sometimes too hot. So, it’s a good time to consider installing a heat pump or an air conditioner. Several questions arise in this regard: what is the difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump? Which one will meet my needs? The following blog article will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Heat Pump or Air Conditioner?

Although the two devices may appear similar, there is a fundamental difference between them: a reversing valve. Indeed, an air conditioner can only cool the air, while a heat pump is equipped with a reversing valve that allows it to be used for heating as well. In other words, the refrigerant gas inside an air conditioner circulates in only one direction, whereas the heat pump has a valve that allows it to heat your rooms as well.

Which One to Choose?

Here, everything is related to determining your needs. If you want a device that will ensure your comfort throughout the year (both in winter and summer), then a heat pump is the right choice. If your current heating system is adequate, and you only need to have a cool house during the summer, an air conditioner might suffice. In that case, you will need to choose the right location for installation.

For example, if you want to sleep comfortably at night and your bedroom is on an upper floor, your wall unit should be installed on the same floor because hot air rises as it is lighter than cold air, which descends.

An advantage of the heat pump is that there are multi-zone models available with one outdoor unit and multiple indoor units, which allows for better air circulation in houses with atypical shapes, such as those that are very long and narrow. The same applies to houses divided by a staircase enclosure.

This type of system is also very practical when not everyone in the household follows the same schedule because you can independently control the heating or cooling in different sections of the house. This prevents one person from being freezing in one room while another person is too hot.

Saving Money

The heat pump also has another advantage over the air conditioner: you can offset the additional energy expenditure in summer by optimizing heating during winter. In fact, the savings achieved during the cold season will partially offset the costs incurred by air conditioning on hot days, which is not the case with an air conditioner alone.

In any case, do not hesitate to contact professionals in the sale of these types of products. They will be able to advise you on the product that best meets your needs and ensure its optimal installation in compliance with regulations. You will then be able to enjoy your home in comfort, knowing that you have made the best choice for you and your family.

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