A Comparative Study Between Heat Pump And Furnace

When winter is almost knocking at the door and you have a plan to install a heating system in your home, it is important that you find out the right kind of heating system for your home. There might be a dilemma between the installation of heat pumps and furnaces but a lot of factors go into consideration before you take the decision either in favor of a heat pump or a furnace. It is natural that as a homeowner you may not be much aware of the exact differences between the two but once you explore the features, the advantages and the disadvantages of the two heating systems you may be in a position to take the right decision. It needs to be mentioned here depending on individual conditions one heating system might be more suitable than the other.

The most important thing that you need to know is the energy source of heat pump as well as furnaces. Furnaces can run with the help of electricity but they mostly run on fossil fuels like natural gas or heating oil. Hence, in order to use furnaces you need to have availability of either natural gas or heating oil. On the other hand heat pumps run only on electricity and so there is no need to have the availability of heating oil or natural gas.

As far as the energy efficiency is considered, heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces in terms of energy consumption and heat production. In case of a furnace, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE reveals its efficiency while in case of heat pumps it is typically the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor that tells about its efficiency. However, it needs to be mentioned here that heat pumps though more efficient than furnaces in terms of heat production yet they are not a much suitable option for places where the temperature falls below freezing. Thus, in such a scenario furnaces are a better option.

Furnaces generally last more than heat pumps. Mostly, it is seen that almost after running for 15 long years a furnace needs to be replaced but in case of heat pumps, the average life span might be around 10 years. Nevertheless, for HVAC systems it can be quite difficult to predict the exact number of years for which it will run.

As far as the upfront costs are considered heat pumps are cheaper than furnaces and at the same time the installation cost of heat pumps is also lesser. But buying an energy efficient furnace can prove to be a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Hence, it is clear that both the heating systems has their unique set of features but along with these features other factors that needs to be considered while deciding upon your home heating system include the way your home has been built or configured, the availability of local utilities in your region, whether your home has an air conditioner installed or if you are planning to install a new cooling system and so on.

Lastly, an HVAC professional is the best person to take the best decision about the most suitable heating option for your home.



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