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Is a Heat Pump as Effective as an AC for Cooling?

Heat pumps are an increasingly popular choice among homeowners as a trusted solution for residential heating and cooling. If you are interested in heat pump replacement in Katy, TX, our team is here to help. You can give us a call for your in-home heat pump assessment and we can answer any questions that you have about these particular systems.

You may decide to go with a different type of air conditioner, and if you do our team can still help. While a heat pump is an excellent choice, it may not be what you want. You deserve an AC solution that you feel confident with, no matter what it is. If you’re not familiar with how heat pumps work, you can keep reading to learn more about the many benefits they offer and how they operate. 

Heating and Cooling Flexibility 

One of the most desirable benefits of a heat pump is that it can heat and cool your home all in one system. This allows you to easily alternate between heating and cooling during the in-between seasons that can be warm one day and cool the next. A heat pump has a reversing valve that allows the same components that offer cooling to switch modes and bring warmth into your home in the winter for heating.

Some homeowners opt to install a small separate furnace for additional heating on the coldest days of winter. The lower the temperatures drop, the harder it may be for your heat pump to meet your heating needs. This is less of a concern in our area since we have milder winters than others farther north. Keep in mind that even with an added furnace, your heat pump is still highly energy efficient all year long.

Quieter Operation

Heat pumps turn on and off and operate more quietly than a central air conditioning alternative. Of course, even a central air conditioner isn’t particularly loud. But when you make the comparison, the sound difference is noticeable when you hear how quietly a heat pump is when it operates. In fact, experts compare the sound to that of a person breathing. 

Energy Efficiency

We already talked about how a heat pump heats and cools differently than a central air conditioner. While it is a minor difference, it really adds up when it comes to energy savings. Pair it with a smart thermostat to more closely monitor your energy usage and save hundreds of dollars per year. This energy efficiency doesn’t just save you money. It also reduces wear and tear on the system so it can have a longer lifespan.


Like other air conditioners, heat pumps tend to have an average lifespan of about 15 years. If you don’t take care of the unit, it may not last as long as that. But if you invest time in monthly maintenance and annual professional maintenance it could last for longer. Any air conditioner has a high price tag for the upfront installation. The longer it lasts, the more you’re getting out of that initial investment. 

Elevated Safety

When it comes to heating safety, a heat pump is the preferred option because it is safer than a gas furnace that uses combustion to produce heat. You still have to be careful about a heat pump’s electrical connections being secure, but you won’t have to worry about gas leaks. 

Your comfort is our business! Serving Katy, TX, and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today for heat pump service.

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