Heat Pump vs. Air Conditioner: Which System Should I Choose?

You rely on your Palm Desert, California home’s cooling system to ensure your comfort during the long, hot summers. When your cooling system needs to be replaced, you might wonder whether a heat pump or air conditioning installation is the best option for your home. Here are some tips on deciding which type of equipment to get in order to optimize your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency.

Heat Pump Installations

Heat pumps heat and cool your home. Newer models offer energy-efficient features, such as variable-speed motors that could decrease your energy costs, according to the Department of Energy. There are also mini-split ductless heat pumps that can heat and cool your home without the need for any air ducts. These heat pumps offer zoned climate control, so you can set different temperatures for different parts of your home. Because of Palm Desert’s climate, you will only need the heating functions occasionally from October through March.

Air Conditioning Installations

The high temperatures of Palm Desert mean that you will need cooling functions throughout most of the year. Air conditioning systems with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 16 could lower your cooling costs by 20 to 50 percent, according to the Department of Energy. High-efficiency central air conditioning systems can be paired with smart thermostats for additional energy savings.

Choose a System

If you need to replace both your heating and cooling systems, a heat pump installation is an affordable choice. They don’t generate carbon monoxide, and they’re easy to maintain. If you only need a new cooling system, an air conditioning installation will cost less. Both systems have the same maintenance needs.

For more information about whether a heat pump or a central air conditioning system is the right choice for your home, check out Palm Desert Air Conditioning and Heating Co.’s air conditioning or heat pump installation services, or call us for additional details.

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