Are you doing home renovations or is it time you consider replacing your old heating and air conditioning system? In the Charleston area, there are a number of good reasons to go with a heat pump instead of other system types. Especially if you’ve moved to the Lowcountry from an area that experiences harsh winters, the whole idea of a heat pump might be a bit foreign. While air conditioning units are excellent choice in some regions, heat pumps are a more cost-efficient option for homes in our temperature climate.
What Differentiates Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps?
The two types of HVAC systems have a similar design, provide both cooling and heating and use both outdoor and indoor coils to transfer refrigerant. During compression, the refrigerant becomes hot. In the expansion coils, the refrigerant becomes cold.
Air conditioning units restrict the direction of this process and limit expansion and cooling to the indoor coils. Heat pumps have a few extra components such as a reversing valve that allow the process to be reversed. The indoor coil is used for compression when the air needs to be cooled or for expansion when the indoor air needs to be heated.
Which Is the Most Effective Heating and AC Unit?
When you choose the right heating and air conditioning system for your home, you need to take into account both your current budget and your long-term interests. As far as energy or fuel consumption is concerned, the difference is substantial not only between pumps for heating and cooling systems but also between systems in the same category. The key to minimizing expenses, besides choosing the right brand and model, is buying a system of the right size.
How to Choose the Right Heating and AC System for Your Home
The first step to take is to determine the capacity of the air conditioner or heat pump your home needs. Only then can you start researching various brands, models and HVAC contractors to assist you with the installation. Our friendly, honest and knowledgable comfort consultants will be happy to help you with a free personalized on-site estimate and evaluation to determine what kind of equipment will be the best fit for your residential or commercial property and your budget.
Contact our team of experienced professionals who will provide you with all the information you need and help you choose the best HVAC system for your property, comfort, and your budget.