Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes many things to make your home function and there are many decisions to be made. Chief/Bauer Service Experts is here to try and make one of those decisions a less painful 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 standard winter temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area 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 option.

Regardless of where you live, you can always have a furnace because a furnace will heat your home no matter the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump takes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it inside your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping beneath 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide adequate heat to your home to keep you warm and comfortable.

If you currently live in a place where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are some things to think about. Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one zone to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply transfer heat that already exists from one area to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

A furnace could sometimes be less pricey 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 ideal for you? No sweat! Call Chief/Bauer Service Experts at 217-689-2469 and we’ll come out to review your options and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate. We will talk to you soon!

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