Furnace Or Heat Pump – Which One is Better?

Furnace Or Heat Pump – Which One is Better?

When most homeowners consider whole-home heating options, their minds are most likely to think of furnaces. But if energy efficiency is something that’s important to you, you may want to consider a heat pump. Which one is right for you?

The Difference Between A Furnace and Heat Pump

Most homes use furnaces, generally powered by gas or electricity. Gas furnaces have sealed combustion chambers that work to create heat whereas electric furnaces have electric heating elements (like those in space heaters, but a lot more powerful). Both types circulate air over their respective heating elements and throughout a network of ducts and vents throughout your home to provide heat.

Unlike furnaces, heat pumps don’t produce heat. Instead they pull heat in from outdoor air. The heat is condensed and then pumped throughout the home through a fan system.

Which one is the better option for your home?

There are a few things to consider when deciding which option to choose. A major factor to think about is climate. In temperate climates with mild winters, like Ohio, heat pumps are much more energy efficient. If you’re in a colder climate, however, a heat pump will likely struggle to keep your home warm enough. Something else to consider is that a heat pump also works in reverse to help cool your home. It does this by drawing hot air from inside of your home and pumping it outside.

Talk with an HVAC professional

If you’re unsure if a furnace or heat pump would be better for you, don’t hesitate to contact an HVAC technician to help you decide. Discuss whether your home and climate are appropriate for a heat pump, as well as the difference between initial costs, operating costs, and maintenance costs. Usually the initial costs of furnaces are much cheaper but you may also need to get ductwork installed, which can be costly depending on the size of your home. The up-front costs of a heat pump are made up over time.

Not sure which is the better option for you? Call A-Abel for a free estimate and consultation today to discuss your options!