what's better? heat pump or furnace?

What’s Better – A Furnace, or a Heat Pump?

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a new house, there are a lot of things to think about before you decide on a home that’s right for you. Things like location, cost, size – are all important factors to consider. One thing you may not have considered is how to heat your home. No matter where you live in the United States when winter rolls around, you’re probably going to have to turn the heat on at some point to keep your home warm. But there’s more than one option when it comes to heating your home. To help you make the right call, let’s take a look at the differences between the two primary choices, the heat pump and the furnace

What is a Furnace and How Does it Work?

A furnace operates by burning fuel to create heat and distributing it throughout your home. The four components of a furnace are the fuel burners, heat exchangers, fan blower, and an exhaust flue. The most common forms of fuel used in North America are natural gas and fuel oil. Because furnaces create heat, they are effective even in the most frigid temperatures. When properly maintained, a gas furnace can last over 20 years. 

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is the heating portion of a central heating and cooling system and is powered by electricity. It pulls the outside air to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Heat pumps typically last around 15 years and circulate more humid air than a furnace. 

Which is More Effective?

The answer partially depends on where you live. In states with warmer climates and mild winters, heat pumps are more common because there is no need to constantly burn fuel to battle below freezing temperatures. Conversely, a furnace is your best option in states where the winters are consistently frigid. 

Other Factors

Cost – The cost of installing a heat pump is initially higher than that of a gas furnace. But because heat pumps operate by moving heat around rather than burning fuel, they are typically more energy-efficient, which can offset the initial cost of installation over time. 

Air Quality – Heat pumps don’t produce the harmful greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide that fuel-burning furnaces do.

The bottom line is that where you live and the climate you live in plays a significant role in the type of system necessary to properly heat your home. If you have questions about your heating and cooling system or would like to schedule a service call, contact the professionals at Advent Air. We’re committed to your comfort and the quality of the air you and your family breathe daily. 


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