Should I Consider A Heat Pump Instead Of An Air Conditioner?

 In Air Conditioners, Energy Efficiency, Heat Pumps, Home Comfort

When it’s time to replace your cooling system, many Southern Ontario homeowners wonder whether they should consider a heat pump instead of an air conditioner. It’s an important question for Ontarians given the implications of the rising Federal Carbon Tax and the cost of fuel over the next decade.

Choosing the right cooling system will play an important part in your home comfort, energy efficiency, and cost savings for years to come. You’ve come to the right place to understand the similarities and differences between the two systems, and to decide which one is right for you.

Similarities Between Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

1. Operation

Air conditioners and heat pumps operate in much the same way — by using compressed refrigerant to collect heat from inside your home and transferring it outside. Both systems will cool your house while removing humidity from the air.

2. Energy efficiency

Both systems are energy efficient and have very similar energy costs. When it comes to cooling your home, both air conditioners and heat pumps are virtually the same — but that is where their similarities end.

Differences Between Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

1. Year-round system

One of the greatest advantages of heat pumps is that they can be used year-round. Heat pumps can work in reverse, transferring heat from the outside air into you home up to -10 degrees Celsius. A heat pump will still require a form of backup heat like a furnace or electric backup, but will require less usage out of that secondary heat source.

2. Lower carbon footprint

Heat pumps are an excellent and energy-efficient way to provide heat in the moderate seasons of spring and fall. When paired with a furnace in the winter, it can help reduce your fuel consumption by roughly 30%. It is also a more environmentally friendly method of heating your home as it is not carbon emitting.

3. Long-term cost savings

Although the upfront cost will be more for a heat pump than an air conditioner, you can expect long-term cost-savings during the colder months. The savings in operating costs in addition to the reduction in fuel costs could outweigh the initial price difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner.

Consult An Expert

Every household’s needs are different, and at Bryan’s Fuel, we can help you choose the cooling system that’s right for your home. A proper evaluation of your heating and cooling needs by a trained Bryan’s Fuel professional is the best way to determine the ideal option for you.

If you need help deciding between an air conditioner or a heat pump for your home, contact us today for expert advice.

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