Air Conditioner vs. Heat Pump

Whether you have a new construction or remodel, or it is simply time to replace your HVAC system’s components, you will eventually need to make the decision about installing a heat pump or air conditioner/furnace system.

What is the Difference Between a Heat Pump and an Air Conditioner?

In warm weather, the function of an air conditioner or a heat pump is essentially the same––to cool your home. Both function by pulling heat out of the air, leaving you with cooler air inside your home.

The biggest difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is that as the weather cools down, a heat pump can be reversed so it takes heat from outside the home and moves it inside, effectively warming up your house. A heat pump does two jobs––warms and cools. In general, a heat pump uses less energy, since you have one appliance doing two jobs.

Climate Matters

In colder, northern climates, often a heat pump may only work as supplemental heating for a furnace in larger homes. In warmer, southern climates, a heat pump is usually the only appliance you need to keep your home comfortable all year long.

For northern states, a furnace is usually the primary source of heat for a home. A heat pump can get strained as temperatures fall below 40 degrees, because a heat pump’s primary function is pulling heat from one place and transferring it to another. The colder the air and ground become, the less heat there is for a pump to transfer.

Environmental Concerns

A heat pump is always environmentally friendly, particularly a geothermal heat pump. They use the ground as a heat source, rather than burning fossil fuels or natural gas.

Contact Us

There are a number of things to consider when choosing to install a heat pump or a traditional AC/furnace system. At Kimbro Air, we can help you decide what is best for you. The size and location of your home, as well as the climate, are all factors in finding the right system.


Ballard Natural Gas Services is proud to offer services to Seattle, Shoreline, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Lake Forest Park, Richmond Beach, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding communities. Call us at 206-784-8101 or request service online today!


Kimbro Air proudly provides HVAC service to Hendersonville, Nashville, Bellevue, Bordeaux, Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hermitage, Madison, Mt. Juliet, White House and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 615-527-8576, or request service online today.

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