Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes many things to make your home function and there are many decisions to be made. Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help make one of those decisions a less painful one: furnace VS heat pump.

First thing first: where do you live?

A heat pump and furnace can both be your home’s heating system but a heat pump functions best when the typical winter temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with harsh winters or where the standard 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 have a furnace because a furnace will heat your home no matter the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump pulls heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into 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 comfortable.

If you currently live in a place 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 use 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 area 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 run due to the cost of fuel while heat pumps can be a larger investment price but cost less over time.

Still figuring out which heating system is best for you? No worries! Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 518-417-2938 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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