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. McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to try and make one of those decisions an easier one: furnace VS heat pump.

First thing first: where do you live?

A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump functions best when the average winter temperature is higher than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in a region with bitter winters or where the typical winter temperature is lower than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best course of action.

Regardless of where you live, you can always use 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 into your home. This is why when temperatures begin to drop under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to produce 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 a couple things to think about. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to create heat themselves. They simply shift heat that already exists from one area to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

A furnace might 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 larger investment price but cost less over time.

Still not sure which heating system is best for you? No worries! Call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 308-210-4398 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a free in-home estimate. We will talk to you soon!

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