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Central Air Conditioners vs. Heat Pumps

When you’re researching a new cooling system for you home, you might be wondering which system reigns supreme—the central air conditioner or the heat pump? Naturally, the question depends on the climate you live in and your home’s unique cooling needs. Since we’re located here in Maryland, we’ll focus on the best cooling system for your Maryland home. Call us selfish, but we’ve been here for over 40 years, so we know the area pretty well.

And as far as your home’s unique cooling needs, we can send one our comfort specialists out to perform a home evaluation, make recommendations, and offer you a free estimate on a system replacement.

But for the sake of this blog post, we’ll just go over the general pros and cons of each system.

Central Air Conditioners

Depending on which model of central air conditioner you choose, its functions may include:

  • Air cooling
  • Air circulation
  • Air cleaning
  • Dehumidifying/humidifying

If your home has existing duct work (for example, if you use forced air heating), installing central air conditioning can be a quick and affordable project.

Heat Pumps

An air source heat pump has the parts and functions of a central air conditioner, but it also offers a heating function. In this way, you can almost think of an air conditioner as a one-way heat pump.

So a heat pump can offer:

  • Air cooling
  • Air heating
  • Air circulation
  • Air cleaning
  • Dehumidifying/humidifying

Even better, ground source heat pumps also offer the benefit of water heating.

Heat pumps, especially geothermal ones, can be expensive to install, but can often save money in the long run—not only in energy savings but also in saved maintenance costs.

And what about duct work? The good news is, if you don’t currently have duct work in your home, there are ductless heat pumps available. However, this option tends to be best for small spaces.

The Winner?

So who wins the cooling system war? While both options are great for adequately cooling your home, the heat pump has a slight edge for its additional heating function. While it might cost you more up front, you’re more likely to benefit from savings long term.

Of course the best way to determine which cooling system is best for you and your home is to call the experts at GAC. We’ll evaluate your home and help you pick the right system (and correctly sized system!) for your home.

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