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Heat Pump v. Air Conditioner: Which Is Best for Cooling Your Home?

Posted on: May 19, 2017

In Washington, DC, and Maryland, a cool home is essential during the summer months. The humidity alone in the summers is downright dreadful—and without the right cooling system, your family’s comfort could suffer. When you’re in need of a new cooling system, the first decision you will have to make is whether a heat pump or an air conditioner is right for your needs. Both have benefits that need to be considered. Here’s what you need to know when making this choice.

Benefits of Choosing a Heat Pump for Your DC or MD Home

A heat pump transfers warm air from one place to another. In the summer, it moves heat energy from inside your home to the outdoors—effectively cooling your home. In the winter, it reverses to bring heat energy from outdoors inside—providing warmth to your home. Benefits of installing a heat pump include:

  • High energy-efficiency
  • Dual use in summer and winter
  • Uniform heating and cooling

The only major drawback of a heat pump is the higher initial cost of purchasing and installing the unit. However, this is offset by the energy-savings most homeowners experience through the heat pump’s lifetime.

Benefits of Installing an AC Unit for Your DC or MD Home

Air conditioners have chemical coolants that pull heat from the air inside your home, releasing the heat outside and sending the cooled air back into the home. The cooling energy doesn’t come from the outdoor air, but from the chemical changes that occur as the coolant changes from liquid to gas and back again. Air conditioners provide several benefits, including:

  • Lower initial cost
  • Compact size
  • Ability to continue using your existing furnace

If your furnace isn’t in need of replacement and you have a lower installation budget, then an air conditioner may be the better choice for your family’s comfort.

Contact Us for Cooling System Installation in DC or MD

If you’re not sure which is right for your home, the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons can help. We provide a comprehensive list of air conditioning and heat pump installation services, and our team is skilled at helping our customers determine which option would work best for them. Whether you choose a heat pump or an air conditioner after talking to our team, we have the experience and skills necessary to install it expertly and ensure optimal efficiency for your home. Contact us online, or call 240-399-5051 to get started.