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. Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 your home’s heating system but a heat pump works 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 average 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 no matter 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 below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to supply 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 some things to consider. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one area to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply move heat that already exists from one zone to another, such as from outside your home to inside your home.

A furnace might 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 deciding which heating system is right for you? No worries! Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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