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Should I Get Central AC or a Heat Pump?

When it’s time to upgrade your home’s HVAC system, you may be wondering which is better, a central air conditioner or a heat pump. Each solution has its own unique pros and cons. It really comes down to your personal preference.

You can keep reading to learn more about both central air conditioners and heat pumps so that you can decide which one is right for your home and family. Then when you’re ready, you can give us a call for air conditioning installation in Hagerstown.

Pros and Cons of a Central AC

A central air conditioner is great because it is the most standard option for cooling a home. A central air conditioner is designed for a single purpose, and that is lowering the temperature inside your home to keep it cool. If you already have existing ductwork in place, installing a central air conditioner makes a lot of sense. All of the existing connections are there from your older central air conditioner and fewer upgrades need to be made during the installation of a new unit.

However, the ductwork can also be considered a downside. Your central air conditioner is highly reliant on the ductwork to channel cool air to your home. If the ductwork is not laid out correctly and sealed so that it is completely airtight, some of the cool air gets lost before ever reaching your home. If you do invest in a central air conditioner, it is important to keep up with regular duct inspections so that you can address any holes, broken seals, or shifting of the materials. 

You also have to keep in mind that since a central air conditioner doesn’t offer heating, you’ll have to have a separate heater. You may have a gas furnace, an electric furnace, or another heating solution. We can talk to you about your options when we help you select a new AC.

Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump

A heat pump is great because it works very similarly to a central air conditioner. The key difference is that it also offers heating. The refrigerant is able to move in the opposite direction to absorb heat from outside and bring it into your home. Heat pumps are great because they are highly efficient for heating. Since they don’t have to create any heat using electric burners or a gas igniter, transferring energy is much more energy efficient and can save on your monthly energy costs, not to mention boosting safety.

The potential downside to a heat pump is that you have to choose the right model for our climate. We can face some pretty cold winters and a standard heat pump just can’t stand up to heating your home effectively on the coldest days of winter. If a heat pump is the way you want to go, it’s important to select a cold-weather model that has some extra heating ability. You can also choose to install a small furnace alongside your heat pump for an added heating boost.

To schedule your central air conditioning service, contact Premier HVAC Services today!

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