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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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”Very professional. Very responsive. Came out to fix my heat within a couple of hours. Excellent service. A little pricey but I guess you get what you pay for. Very…”

- Ronald Evan
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”Great job!”

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”Jesse was friendly & professional. Price was reasonable. Strong recommendation!”

- Seung Shin
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”Thank you to Matthew. professional, curtious, and knowledgeable technician who had my heat back to normal quickly...also appreciated the text with technician picture and info forwarded when en route. 🤗”

- Valerie Martinez
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”Arctic Air is a classy outfit. Besides doing excellent work, Eduardo was very pleasant, professional, and presented a great face for Arctic Air. I am a year round customer and…”

- Sy Wodakow
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”Professional, friendly, and competent service”

- albert dweck
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”Excellent and timely service. Technicians were polite and explained services and thorough.”

- Adam Glinn
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”Excellent service once again! Nick was aces! Performed our annual service on our gas boiler and left the laundry room spotless! Courteous, on time, informative, very neat. 5 star service!”

- Bonnie Curry
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”Furnace was flaky. Tech came out and I think knew what the issue was before he took the cover off. Was pleasant to deal with, even though I was probably…”

- Tony Salerno
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”Highly professional service provided today. I received a very detailed explanation of system functions, needs and suggestions for proper upkeep. I have been completely satisfied with Arctic Air for many…”

- JOHN SAVARESE
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”Great service for a second time. Thanks a lot, David Ianni!”

- Arvind Vasudevan
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”Prompt arrival, fast courteous service.😀”

- Bill Chapello
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”We lost heat on a Sunday night . I called arctic Air that morning they sent a technician that morning. Fred diagnosed the problem in 10 minutes it was our…”

- Joe Azzaretto
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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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”The service provided by Artic Air is exceptional. The tech. Dante Delucia was professional, polite and made sure I understood what and why he performed each check. He is an…”

- Joseph Ansalone
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”Kyle was on-time, courtess identified and fixed the problem with my furnace.”

- Generic Customer
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”Great, service by Anthony M and he checks humidifier to make sure all are working right. Very professional. Pricey but need it done yearly.”

- Vanna Mate
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”Caring and dedicated professional technicians, who provide great service.”

- William Migliore
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”Eric was very friendly. He was very helpful and knew what he was doing. Would recommend Attic Air to others.”

- Mary Mauro
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”They are the best. In time and very professional. I love that they send a text with name and some back ground of the service man that’s coming.”

- Alvin Darling
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”While Arctic Air always provide very good service, when I called originally, I explained that I needed my Air Conditioning serviced. The service was scheduled to occur on 10/14/19, but…”

- Generic Customer
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”Excellent and prompt service. Highly recommend them.”

- Robert Pho
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”Jesse was awesome. He was extremely thorough. He also took the time to show me issues and explained ordinary maintenance to me. Update on Arctic Air: I had an issue…”

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