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. R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to try and make one of those decisions an easier 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 functions 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 typical winter temperature is lower 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 whatever the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump removes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it within your home. This is why when temperatures begin to drop under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to supply enough heat to your home to keep you warm and comfy.

If you do live in a place where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are some things to consider. Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient since they apply electricity to transfer heat from one area to another and do not actually have to produce heat themselves. They simply shift heat that already exists from one place to another, such as from outside your home to inside your home.

A furnace may 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 larger investment price but cost less over time.

Still figuring out which heating system is best for you? No sweat! Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 865-229-6176 and we’ll come out to review your options and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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