Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes a lot to make your home operate and there are multiple decisions to be made. Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to assist in making one of those decisions an easier one: furnace versus heat pump.

Where do you start? Where you live.

A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump operates 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 standard winter temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best option.

No matter where you live, you can always choose a furnace because a furnace will heat your home regardless of the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump removes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures begin to drop beneath 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to supply adequate heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you do live in a place where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are some things to contemplate. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they apply 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 the inside of your home.

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

Still figuring out which heating system is best for you? No worries! Call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 716-427-6807 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We will talk to you soon!

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