The type of heating system you choose foryour home will direct affect your home energy bill. When making a decisionbetween a furnace vs. heat pump,understanding their differences will assist you in making the mostcost-effective and reliable choice for your home and budget. If you requireassistance in your decision, a Cypress Heating and Air Conditioningprofessional can provide you with the information you need. Our Nate certified technicians offerinstallation, maintenance, and heating and airconditioning repair in Katy.
Heat pumps and furnaces are the two most common heating systems in the U.S. Both typesof heating systems can effectively heat your home. However, the differences inthe two systems can affect their efficiency in specific climates or conditions.
Fuel and Power Source
Furnace fuel options are natural gas, propane, or fueloil. The heat pump and electric furnace operate on electricity,so if you live in a rural area lacking natural gas or other fossil fuels a heatpump may be the best choice. While propane is an option in rural locations, thecost is typically prohibitive for most budgets. Heat pumps offer the additionaladvantage of providing your home with air conditioning, and are an especially efficientchoice when you choose an Energy Star model.
Heat pumps and electric furnaces bothuse electricity to produce heat, but they do so in different ways. In theheating mode, the heat pump is significantly more efficient than an electricfurnace. Furthermore, there are a number of types of heat pumps. Air source heat pumps are conventionalheat pumps, mini-split heat pumpsoffer an alternative to those who do not want to heat or cool unused rooms. Geothermal heat pumps are the goldstandard, offering the greatest efficiency, longest lifespan and a tax creditthrough 2016. Geothermal technology carries a higher cost installed, but canpay for itself in as little as 3 to 5 years through energy savings, and canlast for decades. The best selection for your home is based on your home,location, climate, and budget.
One consideration between heat pumps andfurnaces is that furnaces will work well regardless of the temperature outside.With the exception of the geothermal unit, heat pumps tend to lose efficiencyin extreme cold. With new heat pumps maintaining 80% efficiency even as thetemperature approaches zero degrees, the heat pump is an effective andefficient choice in almost all areas of the southern U.S.
Safety and Environment
Both types of heating systems are safe withproper installation and maintenance. Furthermore, proper maintenance reducesthe need for heating and airconditioning repair in Katy. However, as heat pumps operate onelectricity and not fossil fuels, they do not produce carbon monoxide gases andpose no threats from fuel combustion.
Choosing the right type of home heatingsystem for your home will require consideration for your home’s unique aspects,and the advice of an experienced HVACprofessional. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning can provide you withreliable information to assist you in making an informed choice between a furnace vs. heat pump, and provide theinstallation, or heating and air conditioning repair in Katy youneed.
Our NATE certified professionals offer expertise forreliable heat pump or furnace installation, as well as heatingand air conditioning repair in Katy.We will be glad to provide you with the information you need for making thedecision between a furnace vs. heat pump.Contact us for all your heating and airconditioning needs, including installation, or heating and air conditioning repair in Katy, Plano,and the surrounding areas. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning is a member ofthe BBB with an A+ rating.