Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes quite a bit to make your home run and there are many decisions to be made. Fras-Air/General Service Experts is here to try and make one of those decisions a less painful one: heat pump versus furnace.

First thing first: where do you live?

A heat pump and furnace can both be used to heat your home but a heat pump functions best when the typical winter temperature is higher than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in a territory with bitter winters or where the typical winter temperature is below 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 regardless of 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 begin to drop under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide enough heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you happen to live in an area where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are a few things to think about. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they utilize 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 inside your home.

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

Still not sure which heating system is best for you? No problem! Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts at 908-448-2154 and we’ll come out to review your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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