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Central AC vs. Heat Pump: Which One is Right for You?

Fall is the perfect time to upgrade or replace your current air conditioning system. Because of our climate here in Southern Texas, both central air conditioning and heat pumps are viable options. Many homeowners are confused when it comes to these topics. If you’re having trouble deciding which system is right for your home, our knowledgeable experts can help you make the decision. If you need great air conditioning service in Schertz, TX, then look no further than our team here at Riteway Service Company.

What Is a Heat Pump?

You know what a standard air conditioner is, but do you really know what a heat pump is? To understand a heat pump, you need to understand how standard air conditioning works on a technical level.

A standard air conditioning system relies on refrigerant to cool your home. It shifts the refrigerant from a gaseous to a liquid state by placing it under a high level of pressure. This liquid enters the evaporator coils and lowers the temperature of the air passing over this coil. This cool air is then blown into your home and distributed through the vents. This cycle continues as your air conditioner runs.

A heat pump works a little differently. It’s similar to an air conditioner in construction: a heat pump cools by absorbing your hot indoor air and moving it outside for cooling. What separates a heat pump from an air conditioner is the reversing valve. This valve allows a heat pump to reverse this process and provide heating.

The Advantages of a Heat Pump

A heat pump is perfect for our Schertz climate because we have hot summers and mild winters that rarely dip below freezing. Unlike a standard air conditioner, heat pumps provide heating and cooling power all in one. While heat pumps typically cost more to install upfront, the savings come from it providing high-efficiency heating and cooling. Heat pumps are more efficient than standard central air conditioning because they move heat rather than generate heat.

The Advantages of Central Air Conditioning

Although a heat pump is perfect for our weather here in Texas, if you live in an area of the country where it gets much colder, a heat pump probably isn’t for you. Standard air conditioning is the right choice for you if you live in a cold weather climate and you want to use your heat pump to heat your home too.

Although heat pumps prove to be more cost-effective in the long run, they don’t typically last as long as a furnace. So if you were to opt for an air conditioning and furnace combination your furnace would probably outlast the lifespan of a heat pump.

Still Can’t Decide? Contact Us

In our opinion, heat pumps are the perfect match for our Texas climate, but if you’re still conflicted about the choice you should contact one of our knowledgeable service technicians for help. We can help match you with the perfect system that will keep you cool all summer and warm all winter.

If you’re thinking of installing a new heat pump, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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