Today, homeowners have several options when they need to install or replace an HVAC system. They can stick with a traditional fuel-burning furnace and central air conditioning system, a heat pump or switch to a ductless zoned system. In many cases, a heat pump is the simplest, most efficient choice for your Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home.

How Heat Pumps Work

In the most basic terms, a heat pump moves warm air from one place to another. In warm months, a heat pump draws the warm air out of your home and into the ductwork so that it can be cooled. A compressor, meanwhile, circulates refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. As the refrigerant passes over the warm air, it absorbs the heat and transfers it outside. The now-cooler air is pumped back into your home through the ductwork.

In the winter, the process is reversed, with the refrigerant pulling heat energy from the outside air and using it to warm the air inside your home.

The Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps

The biggest advantage of a heat pump is that you have one system that can handle both heating and cooling. A conventional air conditioner, on the other hand, requires a separate heating system. Heat pumps are also more efficient since they move heat around rather than generating heat.

If you have an older home without central AC or heat, however, installing a heat pump will require you to add ductwork. In this case, it may be be more labor-intensive than a ductless HVAC system.

When to Choose a Heat Pump

Heat pumps work best in places where the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which means they’re a great fit for Louisiana homes. If you’re looking for a more efficient central heating and cooling system, a heat pump is probably the right choice for you.

The experts at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge are here to help with all of your HVAC needs. If you want to learn more, give us a call at (225) 320-4162.