Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes quite a bit to make your home function and there are several decisions to be made. Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help make one of those decisions a simpler 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 over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with bitter winters or where the typical winter temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best course of action.

Wherever you live, you can always choose a furnace because a furnace will heat your home whatever the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump pulls heat from the air outside your home, and brings it within your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide enough heat to your home to keep you warm and cozy.

If you do live in a region where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are a few things to think about. Heat pumps are highly energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply shift heat that already exists from one zone to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

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

Still figuring out which heating system is right for you? No sweat! Call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating at 281-407-9478 and we’ll come out to review your options and provide you a free in-home estimate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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