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Heat Pump Considerations

How Central Air Systems are Different from Heat Pump Systems
Getting a heat pump for your home means getting yourself in on some details.

You may be looking into a new heating and cooling system for your house when your current system is breaking down, just plain too old, or both. A heat pump may be a good direction to go for your home, with many benefits and few concerns. Heat pumps require a few considerations beforehand, however, to understand how to choose the best one for your home.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

There are different types of heat pumps: Air-to-air, also known as an air source heat pump or ASHP, air-to-water, and geothermal, or ground source heat pump. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the air-to-air and geothermal types.

Air-to-air (air source) heat pump: An ASHP transfers heat from the outside in and vice versa, depending on your house’s needs. An air-to-air heat pump takes hot air outside in the summer and pumps warm air inside in the winter. The pump channels the air through refrigerant-filled coils, similar to how an actual refrigerator functions.

Geothermal (ground source) heat pump: This type of pump also transfers heat in and out of a home to warm or cool, except its source is the earth. Installing coils in the ground connected to a system, geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the constant nature of the earth’s temperature to take or give heat. Geothermal heat pumps come in closed-loop, pond/lake, and open-loop systems.


Climate: The type of heat pump you get should take your geographic climate into consideration. The nature of your region’s temperature and weather effects what efficiency level you need.

House Size: The size of your house also plays a role in the puzzle. A heat pump that is too big will produce overpower your house; one that is too small won’t provide enough energy.

Pros and Cons: At the end of the day, is a heat pump the best choice for you? Consider the pros and cons. Heat pumps might have a greater upfront cost, but the effiency gives you almost immediate savings. Heat pumps run on electricity, but also make a great option for solar powering. They work all year long, yet require little maintenance.


Call the professionals to help you determine what the best model is for you. Heat pumps come in three forms, different shapes and sizes, and various brands. Call Ambient Cooling & Heating for a free estimate!

Heat Pump Services from Ambient Cooling & Heating

If you need quality, expertise, and service that you can trust, choose Ambient Cooling & Heating for all of your heat pump needs. We’re known throughout the state of Maryland for our top-notch service and excellent response times and work throughout Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Carroll County, and the lower portion of Baltimore County. We take pride in offering our residential and commercial customers high quality services at competitive price points. Trust a small, family-owned business with over 50 years of combined experience for your residential heat pump services and commercial heat pump services. Give us a call at 410-761-0932 or contact us today!

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