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Solar Air Conditioner vs Solar Heat Pump: What's the Difference?

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If you’ve looked for clean technology to help reduce your emissions at home, you may have heard of solar air conditioners or solar heat pumps. Without a doubt, they are the most efficient and clean way to cool your home, saving you money and helping you reach net zero.

So, what is the difference between a solar air conditioner and a solar heat pump? We’re glad you asked!

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What Is an Air Conditioner?

Air conditioners are cooling systems that you can use at home or commercially. They typically use the same technology and freon as a refrigerator, while blowing a fan and dehumidifying your indoor space. Window AC units, typically pour the excess water outside, whereas free-standing ACs will collect water in a bucket.

While this is the quintessential design, this isn’t the only way an air conditioner can operate. There are other ways to air condition your home without the use of harmful chemicals.

What Is a Heat Pump?

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Heat pumps are by far the greenest indoor climate control technology in the world. While they run on electricity, they are more than 3x as efficient as electric resistance heat. This is because they don’tgenerateheat, butfindit.

Even in the cold, heat pumps pull heat directly from the air, isolate it, and pump it into your home. This is what makes them so efficient.

However, when it’s too hot outside, the heat pump can do the opposite. Heat pumps can heat and cool your home without using freon, by finding heat in your home, isolating it, and pumping it out. It will then blow the newly cooled air back into your home, effectively acting as an air conditioner without harmful chemicals.

Differences Between a Solar Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

Solar heat pumps and solar air conditioners attach directly to solar panels and cool your home with clean energy. In the case of HotSpot Energy solar air conditioners, they are the same thing. Solar heat pumps are solar air conditioners.

Essentially, solar air conditioners are not all heat pumps, but all solar heat pumps are air conditioners! Solar heat pumps are the best way to heat and cool your home efficiently and without fossil fuels. Even though they don’t use freon, they are still considered solar air conditioners.

Also, heat pumps are far more efficient than air conditioners, operating at around half of the wattage on average. Assuming you have the suggested solar system, this allows your solar panels to entirely offset your cooling during the day.

Buy a Solar Air Conditioner Today

Solar air conditioners are the best solution we have for rapid emissions reductions in our homes or at our businesses. Clean energy solar panels meet energy-efficient technology to cool your home in an ever-warming world.

Stay up to date with our latest product information, and buy aHotSpot Energy solar AC today with free shipping and a price match guarantee!

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