A heat pump air conditioner is one of your most convenient options for staying cool during the Greater Cleveland area’s hot, muggy summers. In fact, heat pumps have some distinct advantages over central forced air A/C systems.

A central air conditioner and heat pump in cooling mode work the same way. They don’t produce cold air, but rather draw heat out of your home. Both use fans to move warm indoor air over evaporator coils that contain a liquid refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs the heat in the air and changes from a liquid to a gaseous state. In the gaseous state, the refrigerant moves to the compressor and turns back into a liquid and the cooling process continues.

The difference is that a heat pump can reverse this process using a heat pump component called the reversing valve. This valve changes the direction the refrigerant flows, allowing the heat pump to draw heat from outdoors and send it into your home.

The advantages of a heat pump air conditioner include:

Convenient temperature control
— With a heat pump air conditioner, you can switch between cooling and heating with the push of a button.  A dual fuel split system offers even greater convenience. These systems include both a heat pump and a furnace, and they’re “intelligent” enough to detect when to use the heat pump and when to switch to the furnace.

Rebate availability — A number of utility providers and government programs in Northeast Ohio offer rebates on the cost of a new heat pump. These generally aren’t available for air conditioners. If you’re considering installing a geothermal heat pump, remember that you can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit that’s available from now through December 31, 2016.

To learn more about how a heat pump can benefit your home or for guidance on any home HVAC issue, contact us at Stack Heating & Cooling. Since 1976, we’ve been helping homeowners in the Greater Cleveland area choose and install efficient, effective HVAC equipment.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pump air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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