Air Conditioners vs. Heat Pumps—What are the Differences?

When it comes to cooling your home during the summer, it’s important to know everything you can about the different methods to get the job done. Summers in Kingston can get exceptionally hot, and without the proper cooling system, your house is in danger of becoming virtually uninhabitable. Two cooling systems consumers often get mixed up are heat pumps and air conditioners. While both can be used to cool your home, it’s essential to know exactly how each one works before you decide which one to buy.


At Kingston Home Heating, we offer only the finest air conditioning and heat pump systems on the market, and provide both installation and repair services for these products. Let us outline the main difference between these two systems so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing one for your Kingston home.


Air Conditioners: Your Home Cooling Option

Air conditioners have one job and one job only: to keep your home cool. Like your fridge, an air conditioner works by absorbing heat that comes through your system’s coil. This heat is converted into cold air that’s then blown out of one or more grills and dispersed throughout the applicable room(s) in your home. You can have air conditioners that are installed simply to cool a single room, or a central unit that’s in charge of cooling your entire house. The choice depends entirely on you and your budget.


Heat Pumps: Keeping You Cool and Warm

Heat pumps are entirely different than air conditioners and have one very apparent advantage over them: the ability to both heat and cool your home. This makes them a great investment because you can use it all year round. The way a heat pump works is that it simply displaces air throughout your house to the desired location. For example, let’s say your house is hot and stuffy and you want the temperature to go down. Your heat pump will pull heat from the inside of your house and eject it outside. When it’s too cold, the process is simply reversed. Heat from outside your home is brought inside.


At Kingston Home Heating, we’re heat pump installation and air conditioning repair experts. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your Kingston home is properly taken care of this summer. Give us a call today! Or check out more information regarding our other products and services including different types of air conditioners and furnaces.

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