Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes a lot to make your home function and there are multiple decisions to be made. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help make one of those decisions a simpler one: heat pump versus furnace.

How do you get started? With where you live.

A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump works best when the average winter temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in a territory with harsh winters or where the typical winter temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best choice.

Wherever you live, you can always choose a furnace because a furnace will heat your home whatever the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump removes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to produce enough heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you currently live in an area where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are a couple things to contemplate. Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply transfer heat that already exists from one zone to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

A furnace may sometimes be less costly to install but tends to cost more to operate due to the cost of fuel while heat pumps can be a bigger investment price but cost less over time.

Still not sure which heating system is ideal for you? No sweat! Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 613-817-1591 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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