pumps differ from traditional air conditioners in that they can both
heat and cool your home. Using an advanced refrigeration cycle, a heat
pump removes heat from the air and transfers it inside the house when
the thermostat calls for heat. It does the opposite and transfers heat
from inside the house to the air outside when the thermostat calls for
Heat pumps look very similar to traditional air conditioners and it can be difficult to identify which you have by looks alone. The easiest way to tell is to check and see if your thermostat has a separate emergency heat setting. If it does, you have a heat pump.
According to the government's energy website, heat pumps are most effective in climates with moderate heating and cooling needs. Better yet, high efficiency heat pumps dehumidify better than traditional air conditioners making your home more comfortable during the hot Arkansas summer. As for winter, heat pumps alone are effective sources of heat down to temperatures of around 30 degrees fahrenheit. At that point you would need a supplemental heat source such as an electric air handler or gas furnace.