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Air conditioners have been around for a long time, but many homeowners are somewhat less familiar with other climate control solutions, including heat pumps. Whether you’re building a new home or considering a new heating and air conditioning system for your existing home in Durham, you need to understand the difference between different types of HVAC systems. We’re happy to break down the pros and cons of air conditioners and heat pumps so you can make an informed choice.

Single-Season vs. Dual-Use Systems

In a standard air conditioner, special chemicals called refrigerants absorb heat at the evaporator coil, which is located inside your home. They travel to the condenser coil where they release the heat outside your home. The cycle repeats to bring your indoor air to the desired temperature.

Heat pumps use that same cooling cycle with one key difference: it’s reversible. During the cooling season, the heat pump works just like an air conditioner, collecting heat from inside your home and releasing it outside. In the summer, the cycle runs backward, collecting heat from the outdoor air and pumping it inside to heat your home.

The advantages of a heat pump are size and efficiency. Because one system takes care of your heating and cooling needs, you don’t need to make room for both an air conditioner and a boiler or furnace, which is great for smaller homes. Moreover, heat pumps are quite efficient in relatively mild areas such as North Carolina. The main disadvantage of a heat pump is that it tends to require more maintenance since it pulls “double duty” and runs throughout the year.

Our Air Conditioning Service Professionals Can Help

If you’re not sure which system is right for your home, you don’t have to make that decision alone. Talk to a heating and air conditioning company with more than a quarter-century of experience. Learn more about A&E Heating and Air Conditioning solutions online or call us today.

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