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Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Better for Me?

The heat pump and furnace are two of the most popular heaters you can find on the market. Though both systems are designed to heat your home, one might suit you better than the other. In order to know which model fits your needs and your budget, you have to consider each of their pros and cons.

The Advantages of a Heat Pump

Unlike most heating systems, the heat pump can both heat and cool your home. This is because the heat pump doesn’t generate its own heat. Instead, it moves air from one place to another – a process that uses less energy. So if it gets cold, the heat pump will extract heat from the air outside and move it indoors. In order to cool your living spaces, it moves warm air out of your home.

The Problem with Heat Pumps

Unfortunately, the heat pump isn’t as powerful as the furnace. Since it doesn’t use any form of fuel to generate heat, it can’t support the heating needs of properties in colder regions. The heat pump is composed of two parts – an outdoor and an indoor unit – so it will require more maintenance than a conventional heater.

The Advantages of a Furnace

One of the best things about the furnace is that it’s suitable for all kinds of homes, regardless of the temperature. It also has a longer lifespan than most heating systems, with most units lasting 20 to 30 years. Because of this, it doesn’t need to be maintained as much as a heat pump.

The Problem with Furnaces

The obvious downside of the furnace is that it can’t produce cool air. It’s built to only generate heat, so you have to purchase a separate cooling unit to complete your HVAC system. Gas or oil-powered heaters are also very risky because they can leak and cause fires, explosions, or worse, carbon monoxide poisoning.

Heat Pump or Furnace, the Choice is Yours

Now that you know some of the pros and cons of both heat pumps and furnace systems, the choice is yours to make. If you’re looking for a versatile unit, then the heat pump is what you need. On the other hand, if heating is all you want, the furnace is your best option.

Still having problems making a decision? Then don’t hesitate to contact Your Air Conditioning for help. Our company has been in the HVAC business for many years now and we're very familiar with the different types of heating systems available.

Just give us a call at 281-612-8949 and our friendly HVAC technicians will be ready to assist you. We can also tell you more about our other heating services if you’re looking for more ways to improve your HVAC systems performance.

Your Air Conditioning helps properties in Houston, Humble, Spring, and Tomball, Texas.