Is a Heat Pump Better than an AC Unit?

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Is a Heat Pump Better than an AC Unit?

November 10, 2022

In the summer months, the question we get asked most frequently is “is a heat pump better than an AC unit?”. To answer this question, we must first understand how each system works.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners work by removing heat from the air inside your home and dumping it outside. This process is accomplished by a compressor that pressurizes the refrigerant and forces it through a series of coils. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air, which is then cooled and circulated back into your home.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work similarly to air conditioners, but they can also operate in reverse. In the winter, a heat pump extracts heat from the air outside and transfers it inside. This process is possible because the refrigerant used in heat pumps has a low boiling point. Heat pumps also have plenty of rebates available for the area, so they can be more cost-effective if you do some research.

So, which system is better? The answer depends on a few factors.

If you live in an area with mild winters, a heat pump is a great option. Not only will it keep your home comfortable year-round, but it will also save you money on your energy bills.

If you live in an area with very cold winters, a heat pump may not be the best option. While it can still be used to heat your home, it will have to work harder to do so. This means your energy bills will be higher and the system may not last as long.

If you’re not sure which system is right for your home, the best thing to do is call KVA Mechanical. We’re the top-rated HVAC & plumbing company serving greater Kamloops, BC. We’re 5-star rated and fully insured. When you are ready, call us for a free HVAC consultation at 250-554-0505.


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