Is a Heat Pump or a Central Air Right for Your HVAC Needs?
March 3, 2020
If you are looking for a cooling solution for your home you have two basic options, a heat pump or a traditional central air unit. Both of these can be the right choice in certain situations and you must do your research to decide which one is right for you. The following article will lay out some benefits and drawbacks of each and should help you determine which HVAC unit will provide you with the most cost benefit and longevity.
Most people will greatly benefit by installing a heat pump. A heat pump is more efficient than a central air unit and has the added benefit of being able to not only cool the home but also heat it to a certain degree. Once the outside air gets too cold, however, a heat pump will no longer be able to produce heat and a backup source of heat will be necessary. Many times the extra expense of a heat pump up front will be offset by the savings in electricity over the life of the unit. Often, this payback can occur in a very short time. If both a heating and cooling unit is necessary for a home, and the winter temperatures are quite mild, then a heat pump can be an excellent choice to consolidate the HVAC system.
A traditional central air unit will be slightly cheaper than a heat pump. Many people will install central air without even considering a heat pump. This is because they are used to central air and are often afraid of trying a different technology. A central air unit will use slightly more electricity to cool the home than a heat pump. A central air unit can be a good choice if you want to save a little bit of money up front and you already have a good heating unit in place.
Determining which HVAC system is right for you can be a tricky decision. Both of these HVAC units should last about the same time frame. The decision really comes down to whether or not you have a good backup heat source and what types of winters your region experiences. If you are local to Chula Vista, call HVAC Chula Vista services, and they can do a free evaluation of your system and make recommendations on which options are best for your home.