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HOW ARE HEAT PUMPS AND AIR CONDITIONERS SIMILAR? When looking for an air conditioning system to cool your home, a heat pump or air conditioner is the right choice. Both systems use compressed refrigerant to collect heat from inside your home as air passes over the air handler coil and transfers it outside. Heat pumps and air conditioners essentially move heat from inside your home to an outdoor location. It is often thought that air conditioners cool a house by producing cold air, but the truth is that they cool your house by removing heat energy from the house and extracting it to a place outside the room. House. Air conditioners extract heat from a home, much like a heat pump when operating in cooling mode. So, from a cooling perspective, except for a few technical details, heat pumps and air conditioners are essentially the same when operating in cooling mode, with no significant difference in operation, efficiency, or energy costs.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND AN AIR CONDITIONER While essentially the same in cooling mode, heating mode is a completely different story. Air conditioners do not provide heating, but heat pumps do. Using a reversing valve in the outdoor unit, a heat pump can absorb thermal energy from the outside air, even at extremely cold temperatures, and transfer the heat inside the house, where it releases the heat in the air. A heat pump can heat and cool, but an air conditioning system cannot, which is the main difference between the two systems.

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