Heat Pumps vs Air Conditioners: How Do They Differ and Which One is Right for Me?

When it comes to cooling off your home in the summer, you have two primary options: an air conditioning system or a heat pump. Despite the name, a heat pump actually heats and cools. Keyser Energy installs and maintains AC and heat pump systems throughout Vermont. We are happy to help you decide which system will be the best fit for your home. Here’s what you should know about each option, including the benefits and drawbacks of each, to help you make an informed decision. 

Types of Air Conditioning Systems

There are many types of air conditioners to choose from. The right option will depend on the size of your home, your budget and whether your home has, or can accommodate ductwo. Here are the three most popular options. 

  • Central AC. In most areas of the country, this is the most common type of cooling in larger homes because it can cool very efficiently. A central AC works by circulating cool air through return and supply ductwork. Supply ducts and registers in the floors or walls move cooled air into your home. When the air becomes warm again, it circulates back to the supply registers and ducts and goes back to the air conditioner. A central AC system can be a major investment. If your home does not have ductwork, it’s probably not the most efficient or cost-effective option.
  • Ductless mini-split air conditioner. This type of air conditioner is commonly used to retrofit a home with AC when it does not have ducts. Like a central AC system, a ductless syste