Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes quite a bit to make your home operate and there are several decisions to be made. BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to try and make one of those decisions a less painful one: heat pump versus furnace.

How do you get started? With where you live.

A heat pump and furnace can both be used to heat your home but a heat pump operates best when the standard winter temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with freezing winters or where the standard winter temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best choice.

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 pulls heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide enough heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you do live in a region where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are some things to contemplate. Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to produce heat themselves. They simply move heat that already exists from one zone 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 use due to the cost of fuel while heat pumps can be a bigger investment price but cost less over time.

Still not sure which heating system is best for you? No sweat! Call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 574-218-6404 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a free in-home estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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