If you are trying to choose between installing a centralized air conditioner or a heat pump for your home’s comfort, then you probably already know that a heat pump offers both heating and cooling using the same method of heat exchange. But perhaps your budget sways you more toward a standard AC and then installing a separate system for heating. You might wonder what other differences there are between heat pumps and ACs; for example, what differences are there in installing the two units?
Whether you want central air conditioning or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA, you can entrust the work to the team that has kept houses cooled and heated just right since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We can also help you decide between a heat pump and an air conditioner if you are still in doubt about which one will best serve your needs.
The differences in heat pump and central AC installation
Because heat pumps and air conditioners work on the same principle—circulating refrigerant between an indoor and outdoor unit and set of coils to shift air from one location to the other—there are not many differences when it comes to installation. Heat pumps are a bit larger, but for the most part they resemble their AC counterparts.
The reversing valve is the key component difference between heat pumps and ACs; this valve allows the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling modes. However, this valve doesn’t make installation any different, since it is already installed inside the unit that the installers will fit outside your home.
One area of difference for installation is the condensate drainage. In an air conditioner, the system only needs to remove excess condensation moisture from the indoor coil, where heat and moisture are absorbed from the air inside the house. For a heat pump, condensation will also occur along the outdoor coil during heating mode, and therefore condensation moisture must be removed from the outdoor unit as well. During installation, the technicians will need to connect the outdoor cabinet to a drainage system.
Call professionals for proper installation
Although there is not much difference between installing an AC and a heat pump, the performance for your home may be extremely different. You need to know that you are choosing the correct system for your comfort needs and budget. Once they’ve assisted you with the best choice, they will handle the work of installing it so it operates at its best… and will keep doing so for many years to come.
Contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. and talk to our specialists about whether you should have AC or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA for your home.