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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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”Joe arrived during the appointment time window. He was very clear on exactly what was being done and had my A/C back up and running in no time! I immediately…”

- Wendy Holmes
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”Our AC service was done today. Technician did a good job.”

- Akhtar Khan
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”Sammy performed tune up on a/c system. He was very professional and took the time to check over everything and was very thorough. He even took the time to hose…”

- Marcelle Rossetti
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”Fast response, showed up on time, all technicians and customer service reps encountered were very helpful.”

- Michael Nadeau
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”My technician Eduardo Rivera was prompt, professional and I would highly recommend him.”

- Dana Mednick
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”Alex came on time actually right before our scheduled appointment and was very professional and answered all of my questions. That is why I only use Artic for our air…”

- Steven Yockel
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”Honest and nice - coming again to do work.”

- Kim
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”Dante was the service rep. He was courteous and seemed knowledgable And completed the service call in a professional manner. I would use Arctic again. They were also on time…”

- Howard Schmidt
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”Super great experience. Person fixed my problems in under 15 minutes. Nice to have central AC fixed”

- Oscar Rodriguez
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”Great guys. Reasonable, responsive and professional . Been using them for 20 years!”

- Chris Condello
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”We had replaced a gas furnace and central A/C unit. They have a great product in Lennox and offered a very competitive price. Chris in sales was a pleasure to…”

- Goofy Norm
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”John was extremely helpful and professional. I will we using Arctic Air for future services. Thank you so much.”

- Jean Centonzo Ferraioli
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”Excellent response, fast reliable repair”

- Jersey Jones
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”Did my HVAC installation 2 weeks ago and BrRrRrrRrRrR ❄️🌬️❄️🌬️❄️🌬️❄️🌬️. And it was put to the test with 87+ temperatures for the last 2 weeks as well.. Met the owner…”

- Marc Al
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”Service is excellent but a bit too pricey”

- Achuth Reddy
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”Happy to have chosen them to take care of my heating and cooling needs”

- Ursula Knowles
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”He was rushing, l was looking for a plumber . Some of things l ask him fixed, he has no tools for it.”

- Generic Customer
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”We have been doing business with Arctic Air for a good number of years, servicing our furnace, air conditioners, humidifier, and for plumbing work. There work is without flaw. Their…”

- Allen Freedman
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”We just had our hot water heater replaced the technicians were very courteous, professional,and neat. I also got several estimates and Arctic was my best price.”

- Ernest Penny
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”So respectful and professional. Did not take advantage of my professional need or the pandemic to over charge me. Would recommend them to everyone. This old lady says thank you”

- Toni-Jo Goodwin
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”As always, Arctic Air technician arrived in on time, was pleasant, courteous, informative and got the job done! It’s always a pleasure to deal with this company.”

- Fran Giordano
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