Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes many things to make your home function and there are several decisions to be made. 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 be your home’s heating system but a heat pump works best when the typical winter temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with bitter winters or where the standard winter temperature is lower than 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 no matter the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump takes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it inside your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to supply sufficient heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you do live in a region where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are some things to think about. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they apply electricity to transfer heat from one section 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 expensive to install but tends to cost more to run 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 best for you? No problem! Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 403-279-5760 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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