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Year-Round Comfort: Why Air Conditioning with Heat Pumps Is a Game Changer

When it comes to keeping your home cool, you want an air conditioner that works efficiently and provides adequate cooling. Each type of air conditioner is unique, and some work better than others.

If you’ve never had a heat pump system as an air conditioner, you may not be familiar with how they work. You can keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having a heat pump air conditioner. Then, give our team a call for all your heat pump needs, including heat pump repair in Roanoke, VA.

All-in-One Solution

A heat pump sets itself apart from other air conditioners because it is an all-in-one heating and cooling solution. It serves as both an air conditioner and a heater. Many times, homes have a separate air conditioner and a separate heater that are both connected to the same thermostat. When you change your thermostat from heating to cooling it signals for one system to turn off into the other system to turn on.

A heat pump is different because the exact same components provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. A heat pump has a reversing valve that allows it to remove heat from your home in the summer and bring heat into your home in the winter. Of course, it can get very cold here in Virginia, so heat pumps are not always able to keep up with heating as well as they do cooling in extremely cold temperatures. Because of this, we often install a small add-on furnace to help boost heating ability in the winter or you can choose a cold-climate heat pump.


Heat pumps offer unmatched energy efficiency when it comes to air conditioning your home. They do have refrigerant lines, just like many other air conditioners. However, the way it cools your home is a little different than other air conditioners. Its primary way of cooling is by removing heat from the air and transferring it outside. Then in the winter it does the opposite and brings heat into your home. 

This transference of energy makes it much more energy efficient, so your energy bills will cost less than with other types of air conditioners. When your heat pump is more efficient, it takes on less wear and tear with day-to-day operation. Lightening the load on your heat pump is a great way to extend its lifespan so it can last your family for years to come. 

And those are not the only benefits of improved efficiency. When your heat pump is more efficient at cooling your home, it does the job better. This means that your home will be more comfortable. It will cool down faster and stay cool better than with other types of air conditioners. You’re likely to have a more consistent temperature, increasing your overall comfort.

Indoor Air Quality

Heat pumps also work very well for improving indoor air quality. Part of that is the air filter and you have a responsibility to change it out on time to help maintain good indoor air quality. But heat pumps are also great at removing humidity from the air to help your home feel more comfortable.

We can help you make the best choice for heat pump service. Rely on the experts at W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment today.

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