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Difference Between a Heat Pump & Air Conditioner

We are well into spring, and summer will be here before we know it! As the temperatures start to get—and stay—warm, keeping cool and comfortable is a high priority. Perhaps you’ve even had an inspection for your cooling system (it’s smart to do this early, before it gets hot and HVAC companies get booked up).

Do you need a new air conditioning system? Have you been thinking about installing different equipment? Many homeowners are curious about the difference between the two main central cooling systems—air conditioners and heat pumps.

Heat Pumps vs. AC Systems

So, what is the difference between an air conditioner and heat pump? Let’s start with how each system works.

Air Conditioners

An air conditioner uses three main parts:

  • Condenser
  • Compressor
  • Evaporator

These parts work together to cool your home by moving the refrigerant from the condenser to the evaporator and back again. Learn more about how an AC works »

Heat Pumps

A heat pump works by transferring heat energy from one source to another. For instance, in the winter when your heat pump is acting as a heating system, it extracts heat energy from the outside air (even in near-freezing temperatures), and transfers it into the air in your home. When summertime rolls around, it’s reversed to cool your home by pulling heat out of it. In the winter, you’ll want to have a backup heating system, like a furnace, kick on for when the temperatures drop too low (and here in New Jersey, it can get extremely cold). Learn more about how a heat pump works »

The Difference

Heat pumps and air conditioners actually perform virtually the same, with very similar energy efficiency levels. The main difference is that a heat pump can be used all year long—for both cooling and heating. This can reduce the number of systems that require maintenance, repairs, and replacements. But all in all, both systems are very similar!

Cooling System Services in Central NJ

No matter what kind of HVAC equipment you have, the team at Arctic Air Conditioning can inspect it and make any tune-ups—or recommend AC or heat pump replacement if necessary—before summertime rolls around. If you want to switch to a new system, we can help with this too. Since 1977, we’ve been providing cooling system repair, replacement, and maintenance throughout Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, and Ocean counties.

Contact us today and see why families in central New Jersey rely on us to keep them cool and comfortable season after season!

Testimonials
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”Dustin did an amazing job getting our old air conditioner to work. He worked diligently and quickly to get the job done. He was professional, courteous, and did a great…”

- Tara Pomparelli
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”Service gut was great professional explained what the problem was ,showed me pictures gave me repair options. Very satisfied”

- Joel Margolis
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”Brendan was very thorough and knowledgeable. He explained the task at hand in a simplified manner. He was very professional. Clean job. Would highly recommend him”

- Meryl Gelbman
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”Prompt service and I was texted that the technician was in route with a photo of the technician which I liked. Greg was very polite and explained the service and…”

- Frank Maduri
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”The technician John O'Toole was very professional and solved our AC issue.”

- anil kumar
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”Dustin Mathew is simply THE BEST! Dustin is an experience, knowledgeable. I am happy, satisfied and like to thanks Arctic Air, who has expert Technician to fix the unit. M.Rizvi”

- Rizvi Mohammed
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”Very nice. Thorough job.”

- Generic Customer
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”It was so nice to have a respectful, nice repair person. Scott is an asset to Artic!”

- susan argese
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”As always fast professional service all of the time.”

- Scott Danberry
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”Our AC broke and Artic Air was very helpful. It took over a week to get the part we needed, which wasn’t Artic Airs fault. However, in that timeframe they…”

- Michael Bloomberg
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”Eduardo Rivera did a good job!”

- Shankar Raj
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”Mike and Adam by far exceeded our expectations. My wife and I had used a previous well know company for the past 15 years. They were nothing like Mike and…”

- Joseph Lorenzo
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”Very professional and great price ! I definitely recommend them !”

- Jasmine Mardo
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”Had a terrible experience today and would really like someone in upper management to call me as there is a leak in air conditioning that still has to be fixed.…”

- Generic Customer
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”From Day one Five Years Ago, Arctic Air has continually provided quality service.Technicians and Staff are courteous, well informed, and always there to answer your questions.”

- John Perrotta
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