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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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”Nick did a great job on my service and asking my questions.”

- Lauren Kirkman
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”Very prompt and courteous technician Nicholas. Arctic Air has always done a great job at maintaining my furnace.”

- Ana Cardinale
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”Top Notch customer service. Ross was phenomenal. Just a few days ago I had a family emergency. My in laws (elderly) called and said their heat went out. This was…”

- Mark Luxe
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”Top Notch customer service. Ross was phenomenal. Just a few days ago I had a family emergency. My in laws (elderly) called and said their heat went out. This was…”

- Luxe Limo Service
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”I worked for Arctic air great company, high quality workmanship, great tech training, willing to go the extra mile to make sure the customer is happy every time. Plus the…”

- Richard Cranium
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”First time customer and had a great experience with Arctic Air. Used them for a furnace inspection. Price was reasonable. Their technician, Anthony was a pleasure to deal with and…”

- BJ Mathews
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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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”Excellent, prompt service. Highly recommend”

- nurseheart
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”Great Company with which to do business. Would like the option to enter into a contract with the Company.”

- Chinny Okparanta
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”Excellent service from Tony and Joe for an A/C repair we needed.”

- Kristen Indahl
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”I have used Arctic Air-conditioning for 25 years and am continually impressed by the quality of their work and their customer care. Everyone has been knowledgable and very helpful.”

- Mark Sundt
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”great job, professionalism ,clean,great, very happy.”

- steve flajsing
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”Can't say enough about these guys. Have used them on multiple occasions, and they always deliver. The guys are always friendly, and respectful of the house. Right on time. Great…”

- James Krail
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”I woke up to no heat and googled HVAC in the area. I put in an inquiry online and within minutes I received a call and they were able to…”

- Melanie Swartout
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”Absolutely awesome , both guys were professional, the company was very responsive. Highly recommend Artic Air..CC”

- casandra carmine
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”All the staff is professional and responsive Very happy with service and installation process”

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