DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND FURNACE
Updated: Jan 24
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There are several different options available for heating your home throughout the cold winter months of the year. Heat pumps and furnaces are both viable options for circulating warm air. There are several factors to consider when choosing one type of system or another. An expert can answer any of your questions about the benefits of heat pumps and furnaces so that you can make an educated decision on how to move forward with an installation.
HOW A HEAT PUMP WORKS
Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home, keeping it at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons of the year. A heat pump can remove heat from the outside air, even if it’s cold outside, and transfer it to a refrigerant coolant. When this coolant is compressed by the heat pump, its temperature rises significantly. This heat is then transferred to the air in your home, heating it to the right temperature. Heat pumps are a great option for climates that don’t get too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. Their high energy efficiency can make them a great investment.
HOW A FURNACE WORKS
A furnace operates by burning a fuel, propane or natural gas, within the system. The heat that this flame produces moves through a heat exchanger and increases its temperature. The heat is then moved throughout your home with a blower. Furnaces are often a great option for places where outside temperatures get cold and heat pumps aren’t as efficient. Furnaces use a central duct system to transfer air throughout your home.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF VARIOUS SYSTEMS
When choosing between a furnace and a heat pump, there are several cost considerations to think about. In certain conditions, a heat pump can move 300% more energy than it uses. This extremely high efficiency makes it a cost-effective way to heat and cool your home. In contrast, a furnace is generally only about 95% efficient. While heat pumps operate off of electricity, furnaces require some sort of gas. In general, heat pumps cost a lot less money to operate than furnaces and can be a great investment.
Both heat pumps and furnaces will operate reliably for about a decade. Regular maintenance can benefit either type of system and ensure that it’s running as efficiently as possible. Regular tune-ups can also extend the lifespan of either a furnace or a heat pump by keeping it clean and free from issues.