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How to Choose Between a Furnace and Heat Pump

Furnace Vs. Heat Pump

When it comes time to replace your current home heating system, or install one after years of using baseboard heaters, you want to make sure that you get the right system for your home. The most common option for the majority of homeowners is to either choose a furnace or a heat pump. Each system has its pros and cons, and understanding the difference between the two can help you make the best decision. Whichever you choose, Comfort Control, Inc. will be able to professionally install your new heating system whenever you are ready for it. Ask yourself these five questions to determine which heating system is best for you.

What Do You Have Now?

In many cases, if the system that you currently have has worked fine in the past, your best bet may be to simply replace what you already have with a newer model. Furnaces use gas or electricity to heat the air that will be circulated throughout your home, while heat pumps basically work like refrigerators in reverse, compressing heat from the outside environment and distributing it into your home. If your heating unit is outside, it’s a heat pump; if inside, it’s a furnace.

What Cooling System Do You Use?

A heat pump will also work as an air conditioner during the summer. If you have a furnace, on the other hand, you will need a separate system for cooling your home. Switching from a furnace to a heat pump might be a good excuse to finally get rid of those ugly window units.

How Much does Energy Cost?

The cost of energy varies from locality to locality. Where electricity prices are high, a gas furnace might be a much cheaper option, even if you have to pay extra to have a gas line run. On the other hand, if few people in your area use gas, it is probably because it costs just the same or less to use electric heat.

How Cold is the Winter?

Furnaces are more popular in colder climates because they do not rely on air from the outside to heat your home. Heat pumps are more commonly found in areas of the country with milder winters, where the temperature infrequently drops below 40 F. If you prefer a heat pump even in a colder part of the country, go for a ground-source pump, which pulls from the more reliable heat underground.

How Serious Are You About Maintenance?

Furnaces tend to last longer than heat pumps without maintenance, but both should be tuned up once a year. A heat pump is a more complicated piece of equipment, which means it is more likely to need repair sooner than a furnace. However, the consequences of improperly maintaining your furnace are far more serious, as a carbon monoxide leak could develop, which can lead to brain damage or even death.

Comfort Control, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality customer service along with the quality products that your home needs. From professional installation to yearly inspections and tune-ups, Comfort Control can take care of all your heating needs.