WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CENTRAL AIR AND A HEAT PUMP?
Central air conditioning systems use a closed-loop system that circulates refrigerant to cool the air. Central air specifically refers to a cooling system. The central A/C system is independent of your heating system. However, they’re usually are paired with a furnace or boiler because they share the same delivery system to cool and heat your home.
Heat pumps function the same as conventional air conditioners. The real difference is that a heat pump also can provide heating. A heat pump relies on the same basic system. In the summer, you can use a heat pump as an air conditioner, and in the winter, you can use it as a heater.
You can also pair a heat pump with a furnace or boiler. Heat pumps aren’t as efficient when temperatures drop below 25-degrees Fahrenheit. Furnaces can do a better job of heating the home at subfreezing temps.
You can improve your HVAC heat pump efficiency by pairing a heat pump with a furnace. Furnaces spread even heating from room to room. Combine that with a durable American Standard heat pump and you’ve got a hybrid system that keeps your family comfortable and, potentially, saves you energy.
With this dual-fuel option, the two systems share the heating load, but never function at the same time. Each system operates when it is most cost-effective. The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. However, when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to operate as efficiently as the gas furnace, the gas furnace will take over until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.
To learn if a dual-fuel system is right for your home, contact Jerry from Hillside.