The Difference Between The Two
The main difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is that an air conditioner cools your home, while a heat pump can cool and heat your home.
When you place an AC unit next to a heat pump unit, it's extremely hard - if not impossible - to tell the two apart. When a heat pump is in cooling mode, functionally, it is no different than an AC unit. However, you will feel hot air being blown from the outside unit. That is because a heat pump will suck out the hot air that is inside the house.
What's unique about a heat pump though is that it can be reversed to heat your home during the winter months. The reversing valve can reverse the flow of refrigerant, which will blow warm air inside.
Heat pumps work very similarly to AC units, so the difference you're going to see is when it's in the heating mode. At Royal Heating & Air, we recommend homeowners have both a heat pump and a furnace, as heat pumps don't work well in frigid temperatures. A heat pump can heat your home until the temperature is below approximately 28 degrees, then the furnace will kick in. Because of its functionality, heat pumps are typically better for the environment than furnaces, which makes them a popular choice for homeowners.
What Should I Choose?
If you are interested in learning more about which system is right for your home, call the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help you make the decision that is right for your home. At Royal Heating & Air, we can install both heat pumps and air conditioners, so no matter which one you choose, you know it will be installed correctly. Call us today at 573-480-4313 to speak with one of expert team members.