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Heat Pumps Vs. Air Conditioning: What’s the Difference?

If it’s time to replace the cooling system in your home, you may be trying to decide between an air conditioner and a heat pump. While both can provide cooling for your home, they have different benefits, so it’s important to choose a system that fits your needs.

Heat Pumps | Air Conditioning

In warm weather, a heat pump and an AC unit work essentially the same; they both cool indoor air. During the winter when you need to heat your home, an AC unit can’t help; this is why homes with AC typically also have a furnace or electric heat. A heat pump can provide heat as well as cooling. Here’s a deeper look at the advantages and limitations of each type of unit.

Types of Heat Pumps and AC systems.

Heat pumps are devices that transfer the heat inside a home and the air outside. In warmer climates, heat pumps extract the heat from indoor air and transfer it outside; during cold temperatures, it reverses the process.  

There are two main types of heat pumps: air sourced and geothermal. An air-source heat pump uses heat from the outside air, while geothermal ones extract the heat from the ground. There are two different designs for heat pumps/AC systems as well: split type and packaged units.

A split type heat pump has a separate indoor and outdoor unit.

Packaged heat pumps contain all the system’s components housed in a single unit. Heat pumps can be connected to an air handler with heat strips or a gas or propane furnace (known as a dual fuel system) that supplements heating during extremely cold temperatures. Heat strips are only utilized during the defrost cycle of the heat pump or when temperatures hit below 30 degrees when the heat pump has difficulty extracting heat from the air.

A mini-split system can be cooling only or heat pump… The indoor unit is mounted on the wall or as an air handler connected to a small duct system.

A window unit can be either cooling only or a heat pump and combines all components into a single box-like unit that can be fit onto a window. These are typically best for a single room.

Portable air conditioning units are similar to window units, but they can be moved easily throughout the home. Most are cooling only.

Heat Pumps Benefits

  • Generally more cost-effective and energy-efficient than other types of heating
  • Safer than gas furnaces and relatively environmentally friendly
  • Provides both cooling and heating, which eliminates the need for separate systems
  • Reliable with a long lifespan averaging 10 – 15 years
  • Purchasing an energy-efficient model may qualify for tax rebates
  • Requires less maintenance than traditional heating and cooling systems like stoves or fireplaces.


The cost of a heat pump with installation can vary greatly, as it’s dependent on factors like unit type, size, energy efficiency ratings, installation location, and the amount of ductwork needed. Averagely, it can cost anywhere from $4,100 to up to $20,000 for geothermal unit installation.

Air Conditioners

Like heat pumps, air conditioners transfer heat from indoors to the outside, but they’re only able to provide cooling. Air conditioners consist of both outdoor and indoor units. The outdoor unit consists of a condenser, compressor, and fan. This connects to an indoor unit with a blower and evaporator coil. Air conditioners are connected to either an air handler with heat strips or a gas or propane furnace. Refrigerant circulates through the condenser and evaporator, which allows the air conditioner to absorb heat from the indoor air. The cold air that results from this process is then pumped through the ducts using the fan.

Air Conditioner Benefits

  • Offers an optimal indoor climate even during the hottest temperatures
  • Can encourage better sleep due to steady, comfortable room temperatures
  • Can help improve air quality by reducing allergens and pollutants
  • Can reduce dehydration
  • Long lifespan averaging 10 – 15 years

AC Costs

Like heat pumps, air conditioner costs can vary significantly depending on the type, energy efficiency rating, installation location, and unit size. The unit itself can be anywhere from $150 to $10,000. Another factor that can affect the installation costs is the amount of ductwork needed to set up the system. While purchasing a more energy-efficient model can be more expensive initially, it can save you money on energy costs over time.Since both air conditioners and heat pumps last for over a decade, it’s important to consider which system is best for your cooling needs. If you’re unsure which system to choose, we’re always happy to offer recommendations and find the best solution for your needs. We also provide complete installation, repairs, and maintenance for your HVAC systems. Give us a call today at 864-639-2424 to learn more or schedule an appointment

Frozen Heat Pump? Call PECO!

It’s normal for your heat pump to develop some frost or ice on its outdoor coils. It’s not normal for it to look like a snowman!

What’s going on? Why are you seeing Frosty instead of your heat pump?

Insufficient Airflow

A heat pump’s refrigerant temperature can fall below freezing. Without sufficient airflow through the unit, moisture in the air freezes on the evaporator or condenser coils. One measure you can safely take to ensure good airflow is to clear away any leaves, debris or snow drifts that may be blocking the coils. If this doesn’t help, give us a call ASAP so we make repairs before any damage occurs.

Cold Water

Freezing rain or water dripping from a leaking gutter can cause the top of the unit to freeze. The rest of the unit quickly follows. We suggest you check your gutters to stop any leaking. If this isn’t the cause and your heat pump doesn’t defrost itself after a day or if it defrosts then freezes again, call us for proper ice removal.


Most heat pumps rest on a concrete slab. This slab sometimes settles into the ground over time. Just a small amount of settling can block the drainage path for ice melt, impede airflow, and cause ice buildup. Call us about raising the unit.

As you can see, in almost all cases, it’s best to give us a call. We’ve seen a lot of damage when people try to handle a frozen heat pump themselves. When they try to chip the ice off, they sometimes hit the refrigerant line and all the refrigerant leaks out. Another misguided home remedy is to pour boiling water on the unit. The trouble is that the hot water often ruins perfectly good electrical components.

Don’t turn Frosty into the Abominable Snowman to come to life. Contact PECO when you need reliable, trustworthy HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair in Oconee, Pickens, and North Anderson counties. We’re a family-owned business and take great pride in offering high-quality home repair with even higher quality attention to our customer’s needs. As well as being licensed plumbing contractors, we also install, maintain and fix heating and cooling systems. We can fix or build anything that moves gas or water through your house. We even do minor drywall repair and painting when needed. For an HVAC company that maintains the utmost standards and integrity, call us at 864-639-2424 or request an appointment online today!

Why Should I Choose a Heat Pump Service Near Me?

Your heat pump is the portion of your heating system that transfers heat from one area of the system to another, either to remove heat from an area that should be cool or to move heat into an area that should be warm. It’s a vital component in a number of different systems, from central heating and air conditioning to refrigerators. You can likely understand why it’s a good idea to make sure it’s operating optimally at all times – it’s essential to keep your system working as intended. Heat Pump Service

This is also why it’s in your best interests to hire a heat pump service near you to keep you in fine working order. There are a lot of benefits to working with a local business, not least of which being that they’re nearby and easily accessible. Here are some of our top reasons for going with a heat pump service near me:

– Easy to reach and schedule

– You can visit their facility and meet with your technician

– Available locally for emergencies

– Willing to work with you on pricing and financing

– Frequently independently owned

– Willing to work hard to get and keep your business

– Friendly and familiar with local locations and people

– Have likely worked with other people you know who you can ask for details

Independently run contracting and repair firms are an excellent place to start looking when you need heat pump service. You’ll always want to look for someone who’s licensed and insured, which means they’ve undergone the necessary steps to do the work right, which includes training and showing that they’re capable of the work they advertise. For heat pump work, you’ll want to go with someone who has experience working in systems that require heat pumps and heat sinks so you know they’re familiar with the systems. A contractor that works on heating, cooling, refrigeration, or similar systems is a good choice. Insurance such as Workman’s Comp and Liability is just as important because the contractor will be working on your equipment on your property.

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we’re a well-rounded independent home contracting business with employees skilled in a variety of areas. We can handle plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, home repair, renovation, and much more. We can be your top stop for all things home care, including heat pump service. Drop us a line the next time you need a hand!

Top Heat Pump, Air Conditioning & Furnace Repair Problems

You know you need air conditioning repair or furnace repair, but you’d like to do some research to figure out what’s going on before you call a HVAC repair technician. You’ve come to the right place! We’ll go over some of the most common HVAC repairs in this post.

Before we get started, the most important thing you can do to help figure out what’s going on with your system is diagnose the problem. If you’re not a trained HVAC technician, you probably won’t be able to get into the nitty-gritty details, but you should be able to make some general observations. Do you notice strange noises from your outdoor or indoor unit? Less air flow from your vents? Decreased efficiency in how quickly your home cools or heats? Increased energy bills? All of these signs point to specific problems, so keep them in mind.

Top Heat Pump, Air Conditioning & Furnace Repair Problems

Here are some of the most common heat pump, air conditioning and furnace repairs we see:

Too Long Since Last Maintenance

This is a big one! Often, we’ll come to check out an AC or heating system and find that it’s in disrepair because no one’s been out to look at it in a while. Another sign that maintenance is lacking is a dirty air filter or dust/dirt buildup in the machine components, which decreases the effectiveness of the system and can even cause parts to fail.

Clogged or Ineffective Drains

Your draining system for your heating and cooling is very important, particularly in your air conditioner. AC creates condensation, which should be drained outside your home. Humid days can also cause excessive condensation. If your drain is clogged and not draining properly, it can definitely affect your system’s ability to cool the home.  Condensate can back up into the indoor unit and damage electrical components or your duct system.

Trouble with Power Source or Gas Line

Both your furnace and your air conditioner need power to work, whether they operate on electricity or gas. If something becomes disconnected or a line doesn’t appear to be delivering power or gas, it’s time to call a licensed repair expert.

Broken or Malfunctioning Parts

Even the best systems on the market are going to deal with breakdowns at one point or another. Over time, your system’s parts will wear down. That’s just the nature of the beast. Thankfully they’re pretty easy to replace most of the time, and if a technician catches them early enough, they can be replaced without any downtime at all. Parts can include fans, belts, hoses, motors, and more.

Pilot Light Won’t Light

Many homeowners have their own tricks for taking care of an occasional snuffed pilot light themselves, but if it’s a chronic issue with your furnace, that means there’s an electrical malfunction. It’s an easy enough fix, but it should definitely be handled by an expert.

There are many, many other potential problems that can require air conditioner and furnace repair, but these are the big ones. No matter what’s going on with your system, our technicians can get the job done!