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 several decisions to be made. Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help make one of those decisions a less painful one: furnace versus heat pump.

First thing first: where do you live?

A heat pump and furnace can both be used to heat 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 an area with bitter winters or where the standard winter temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best option.

Regardless of where 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 within your home. This is why when temperatures begin to drop beneath 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide adequate heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you happen to 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 utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to produce heat themselves. They simply shift heat that already exists from one place to another, such as from outside your home to the inside of your home.

A furnace might sometimes be less expensive 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 figuring out which heating system is ideal for you? No sweat! Call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 226-270-1164 and we’ll come out to discuss your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We will talk to you soon!

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