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Should I Replace My Traditional AC with a Heat Pump?

There are a lot of options available to homeowners when it comes to choosing a new air conditioning system for the home. Each type of system has its own benefits, so it’s important to research and understand the basics of each system and how each works. Many customers ask us if they should replace a traditional AC with a heat pump. They answer is: it depends. It depends on what your needs are, what you are looking for and if a heat pump installation in San Antonio is what will fit best with your home. It is always advisable to work with professionals when replacing any air conditioner.


For over 25 years, Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has helped customers in San Antonio install, repair and replace AC systems, including heat pumps.

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another. Heat pumps use refrigerant to facilitate the heat transfer, and thanks to a component called a reversing valve, a heat pump can provide both heating and cooling. During the winter, the heat pump absorbs heat from the surrounding area and transfers it into your home; during summer, it removes heat and humidity from your home and transfers it outside. Heat pumps can work with ducted or non-ducted systems and do not use any fossil fuels to operate. Additionally, they use far less electricity than a standard air conditioning system.

What Are the Benefits of a Heat Pump?

There are some benefits unique to heat pumps worth considering:

  • They offer both heating and cooling – as we mentioned above, heat pumps offer your home both heating and cooling. This can be a great option for some homeowners.
  • They are very energy efficient – heat pumps use less electricity than traditional ACs, and they do not need any kind of fossil fuels to work.
  • Even cooling – heat pumps offer more uniform cooling (and heating) because they run at a low, continuous rate.

Determining what kind of air conditioning system to use in your home can be challenging. This is why it’s important to work with a trained professional from start to finish. If you are considering the installation of a heat pump in your San Antonio home, call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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