In this post, we're going to break down the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners, as well as their best use-case scenarios, so that you can make the best decision for your home or office.
The differences between a heat pump and an air conditioner
Air conditioners are best suited for homes in hot climates. They work by removing heat from the air inside your home and circulating it outside. This process cools the air inside your space, making it more comfortable to live in. Air conditioners are less effective in cooler climates, as they are not designed to add heat to the air.
Heat pumps, on the other hand, can be used in both hot and cold climates. In hot climates, they work similarly to air conditioners, by removing heat from the air inside your home and circulating it outside. This cools the air inside your home. However, in colder climates, heat pumps work in reverse, by removing heat from the air outside and circulating it inside.
Pros and cons of heat pumps vs aircons
Now that we've gone over the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners, let's take a look at their pros and cons.
Cost and installation
Air conditioners are generally less energy efficient than heat pumps - however, if you live in an area with pretty mild winters, you’re not likely to get much benefit from the extra cost of installing a heat pump.
So, which one is right for you? If you live in an area with high temperatures most of the year, an air conditioner is likely the better (and cheaper) choice. If you live in a colder climate, or a region where temperatures fluctuate a lot with the seasons, a heat pump might be the better choice.
Heat pump vs air conditioner efficiency
Air purifiers don’t function the same way as air conditioners. They’re ideal for people who battle with asthma and allergic reactions by removing dust and pollutants. But, they also work well for removing both airborne bacteria and viruses, a concern for most people who want to live a healthy life.
To benefit from optimum indoor air quality, make sure you install an air purifier designed to give you exactly what you want – clean and healthy indoor air. And, look out for additional features that guarantee humidity control as well!
Quickfire Heat pump / air conditioner FAQs
Which is cheaper, heat pump or air conditioner?
Air conditioners are less expensive to purchase than heat pumps.
How does a heat pump differ from an air conditioner?
The biggest difference between an aircon and a heat pump is that heat pumps can both heat and cool a space, whereas air conditioners can only cool.
Can a heat pump replace an air conditioner?
Yes, a heat pump can replace an air conditioner, but not vice versa.
How much more efficient is a heat pump than an air conditioner?
Generally speaking, heat pumps are more efficient than air conditioners, but this depends to some extent on what the SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of your particular unit is. Whichever route you choose, it's best to go for a model that is ENERGY STAR® certified.
Do heat pumps cool as well as air conditioners?
Yes, despite the name, heat pumps are just as useful for cooling your space as an aircon.
Need some expert advice? Contact one of our friendly sales reps for guidance on the best option for your specific needs.