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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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”The workers were extremely pleasant. Job was done well and they cleaned up when they were done.”

- Ellen Frost
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”Mike was was a great technician. He was very pleasant and able to educate me about my heater. I was very guarded at first since my previous encounter with another…”

- Dennis Ladiana
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”When an HVAC company shows up at your house, after you receive and email and text with picture (and their background), they walk up with booties in hand and put…”

- Darek Hahn
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”Our technician Eric arrived on time and went over the maintenance check with me. I would highly recommend Arctic Air to anyone who is looking for someone to do an…”

- Christine Hedin
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”Wonderful company to work with came on time explain everything to me gave me quit right there and then set up appointment for next day should up on time next…”

- Paul Chapman
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”Artic Air 5 stars not only did they do a wonderful job at my place of business Greatway Carpet & Flooring in Manalapan . They just finished my home did…”

- Albert Maya
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”Referred by a neighbor. Excellent customer service from the first call. Text message to say they are en route with photo of service person, ETA, and background.Quality work, communication, professional…”

- Benita Mark
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”I used their website to contact them on Sunday about my a/c acting up. I heard from them first thing Monday morning. The tech was at my house that day…”

- Ron Ralph
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”As always, Artic Air was on time and the technician was courteous. The work was completed as quoted. Would highly recommend Artic Air.”

- Tara Tarrant Gunthner
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”Excellent and prompt service ...technician was a gentleman and extremely knowledgeable...”

- Joseph Guida
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”My unit was cooling but it felt wet in my house and the coils needed to be cleaned in order to diagnose the issue so I decided to replace it…”

- Arlene Fallon
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”The tech showed up as promised and troubleshoot problem. Very pleasant and professional and explained charges beforehand. Unfortunately they need to order a large part and will take time to…”

- Nobel Shelby
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”Had a furnace that was put in our home in 1962 ,so it was time to upgrade after the great job Artic Air did on installing an AC unit for…”

- Steve England
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”Great job diagnosing my issue and solving the same day. Kevin was outstanding- highly recommended!”

- Chuck Rothrock
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”When you have the technician who has great diagnostic skills to uncover your problem, it's a great feeling of satisfaction. Dan has the experience to know what to look for…”

- Steven Myers
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”Very professional, the team worked yesterday n installed a full new system with robotic precision, cleaned up meticulously ,,, full marks....will now check the efficiency of Lenox in the comming…”

- Allan Couto
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”The technician (Kyle Bowlin) knew exactly what the issue was from the description. Within half an hour he had the system working (and checked to make sure it was). The…”

- Jaime Krause
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”The technician (Kyle Bowlin) knew exactly what the issue was from the description. Within half an hour he had the system working (and checked to make sure it was). The…”

- Jaime Krause
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”the guys are professionals they know what they are doing ,polite,clean,great,i would definitely recommend arctic air.”

- Steve Flajsing
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”great job, professionalism ,clean,great, very happy.”

- steve flajsing
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”Wonderful service for my tenants and I felt very comfortable with their work. They came highly recommended from a friend too.”

- Surfnyolly
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”Kyle & John were very professional and courteous. They checked my A/C and explained the problem, then made the needed repair expeditiously. I was very pleased with their work.”

- Mary Guzy
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