Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes many things to make your home run and there are several decisions to be made. Roland J. Down Service Experts is here to try and 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 average winter temperature is over 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 lower 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 regardless of the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump pulls heat from the air outside your home, and brings it inside your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to supply enough heat to your home to keep you warm and cozy.

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 utilize electricity to transfer heat from one area to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply transfer heat that already exists from one place to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

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

Still figuring out which heating system is best for you? No problem! Call Roland J. Down Service Experts 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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