Baltimore Needs To Turn Down The Heat
Even though summer has officially just begun, it feels like it’s been here for weeks. Maryland is in for another hot summer, and that means keeping the air conditioning running in Baltimore isa serious priority. In Maryland, it’s not uncommon for temperatures in the summer to regularly break 90 degrees. The cooling breeze off the Chesapeake Bay isn’t enough to make up for the sun beating down and the high humidity. In some homes and buildings, especially those with a lot of windows, the temperature indoors can exceed the temperature outdoors. Living in these conditions is not only uncomfortable; it can be dangerous to your health.
For most people, air conditioning is an absolute must-have on a humid day. Having an air conditioning system in your home can be the difference between a cool, enjoyable day and a hot, miserable atmosphere that almost no one can tolerate. If you’re considering installing or replacing your air conditioner in Baltimore, MD the best place to start is to learn about your options.
Furnace and A/C or Heat Pump?
Most homes in Maryland have either a furnace and air conditioning system or a heat pump. A furnace and air conditioning system is made up of an indoor unit that provides warm air and an outdoor unit that provides cool air. A heat pump is a single unit that provides both warm and cool air. Both systems then distribute the air through the ductwork in a home. Recent developments in heating and cooling technology have lead to systems that are much quieter and more energy-efficient than models from five or ten years ago.
Essentially, a furnace and air conditioning system is made up of two parts:
- An air conditioning unit that removes heat and humidity from your home through a process called heat transfer. Heat is removed through the air conditioner condenser coil located outside and humidity is removed from the home through a condensation drain line.
- A forced-air furnace that creates heat and circulates it through the same ductwork in the colder months.
The alternative to a furnace and air conditioning system is a heat pump. A heat pump is a heating and cooling system that uses a single outdoor unit for both heating and cooling. Although it looks like an air conditioning unit, the system provides warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. It is also the best option when natural gas is unavailable.
A heat pump system consists of:
- A unit located outside of the home on the ground or rooftop that provides heating and cooling year-round to your entire home.
- An indoor air handler that distributes the air throughout ductwork in your home.
When preparing to install or replace your heating and cooling system, be sure to read up on the differences between a furnace and air conditioning system and a heat pump to determine which will work best for your home. Whether you select a furnace and air conditioning system or a heat pump, your heating and cooling system will help you and your family stay cool through the hot Baltimore summers to come.
James Cash is a part time writer and home safety inspector.