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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 technician was great. He diagnosed the problem within minutes. Very pleasant experience. He had me up and running within a half an hour.”

- Glen Weiner
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”Great service & very knowledgeable about the problem with our air conditioning system.”

- Yvonne Gross
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”Arctic Air just installed a replacement Central Air conditioner in my home The was led by Matthew who worked non stop all day and went over and above to work…”

- Mark File
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”As a person who spent over 30 years in the electrical contracting industry I am saying Thank you to Arctic Air for the most professional installation of a central air…”

- Reviewer
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”Javier, was very thorough, knowledgeable and professional. He explained to us what the problem was and what need to be done.”

- Florita Bacani
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”I had Kevin D come to do my yearly maintenance my central air. I love that you get a text and a picture of the tech who is coming to…”

- Alison Olker
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”Tech Jesse was very knowledgeable, thorough and explained everything he was doing. Offered alternatives to my repair and explained consequences of each. Arrived within 3 hours of my service call.…”

- Al Gerber
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”Sammy was thorough and helpful. He asked questions that did help him to test and verify our air conditioner. I recommend this company and Sammy to anyone who needs air…”

- Loma Gault
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”My air conditioner broke yesterday so we called Artic Air this AM at 7:30am. They had a repairman at my house at 8:15am and the job was completed by 9am.…”

- Jared Gold
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”Very punctual, professional and courteous service.”

- Noshir Tata
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”Great service, already my second service and each time they have shown up on time and provided excellent honest service”

- Cristian Alvarado
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”Completely Satisfied with Artic Air Conditioning. I was referred by my co-worker and glad I took his advice. My service technician Jesse Evert went above and beyond to give great…”

- Vinny Zapp
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”Very good , tech very nice and professional, on time,”

- Kenneth J. O'Connor
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”Easy getting an appointment, the follow up and updates on scheduling we're good, arrived in their time frame. Nick was friendly and helpful.”

- Melly D
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”Just had Anthony as my technician. He was professional and informative. I highly recommend arctic air as well as this technician.”

- Lori Bessner Tenen
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”The technician was prompt and courteous. He did a very thorough job cleaning and inspecting my air-conditioning system. I would highly recommend Arctic Air to my friends and family!”

- Karen Loso Aurilio
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”prompt service. informative. pleasant.”

- John Santillo
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”Thank you for helping me first thing this morning-after making an emergency call on a Holiday Sunday. Technician -Eric Reed came first thing this morning and was professional and courteous…”

- Kimberly Kaufman
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”I purchased my system in 2004 and have used Arctic Air Conditioning since then. I have them service the unit regularly. They are professional and reliable.”

- Nick Gaura
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”Had Arctic Air service my system. Sammy Castro, the technician did an excellent job explaining everything he was doing. Highly recommend Arctic Air.”

- Rich Colasuonno
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”I own a business and needed a technician to come out ASAP! Customer Service at Arctic Air arranged for next day service. When they arrived (2 techs) they were prompt,…”

- Judith Jones
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”Great job and the best tech. Always happy to do business with you guys. A big shout out to Howard!!!!”

- Alan Choback
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