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Is an air conditioner or heat pump better for cooling my home?

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Heat pumps and air conditioners have advantages and disadvantages. Not every application is interchangeable so be sure to have a certified HVAC company out to help you on your decision.

In the cooling mode, heat pumps and air conditioners are essentially the same. The units pull heat from the inside and push it outside. During the summer, cooling costs are about the same. In the heating mode, the air conditioner does nothing. The heat pump will reverse it’s operation from summer mode and heat your home. They are more environmentally friendly than air conditioners. The only big disadvantage is that when cold temperatures reach extremes, your heat pump coils will freeze up causing the unit to shut off and run in emergency heat till the coils are thawed.

Positive Side of Heat Pumps


(Learn more about how a heat pump operates here)

  • Will require minimal other heat sources
  • Can have lower running costs
  • Can be used with geothermal systems
  • Heat source is better for the environment
  • Not burning fossil fuel
  • Saves space where a furnace would typically be located inside

Positive Side of Air Conditioners


(Learn more about how an air conditiorer operates here)

  • When a furnaces do not shut down at frigid temperatures like many heat pumps typically do
  • Since you would have a furnace, your home will not require auxiliary heating for  the frigid temperatures
  • Less expensive upfront cost than a heat pump
  • Usually have less issues than heat pumps during its life course

Still unsure of which system would be better for you home? Give us a call at 770-672-6963 to have a comfort consultant assess your application.

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We provide air conditioning and heat pump repairs, maintenance and replacement to the Metro Atlanta Area and are centrally located in Marietta, Georgia.

Our service area includes: Adairsville, Acworth, Alpharetta, Austell, Ball Ground, Buckhead, Buford, Canton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dallas, Dawsonville, Decatur, Doraville, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Gainesville, Holly Springs, Hiram, lp, Jasper, John’s Creek, Kennesaw, Marietta, Norcross, Powder Springs, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Vinings Waleska, White and Woodstock.

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