Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes a lot to make your home operate and there are several decisions to be made. A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help make one of those decisions an easier one: heat pump versus furnace.

Where do you start? Where you live.

A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump works best when the typical winter temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with freezing winters or where the average winter temperature is below 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best course of action.

No matter where you live, you can always choose a furnace because a furnace will heat your home regardless of the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump takes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures begin to drop beneath 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to produce sufficient heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you do live in a place where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are a few things to think about. Heat pumps are highly energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one section to another and do not actually have to create heat themselves. They simply move heat that already exists from one area to another, such as from outside your home to the inside of your home.

A furnace could 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 higher investment price but cost less over time.

Still deciding which heating system is right for you? No sweat! Call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 301-747-3140 and we’ll come out to discuss your options and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate. We will talk to you soon!

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