Which One is Right for You: Furnace Versus Heat Pump

March 01, 2017

It takes quite a bit to make your home operate and there are many decisions to be made. McKinley Heating Service Experts is here to assist in making one of those decisions an easier one: furnace VS heat pump.

First thing first: where do you live?

A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump operates best when the average 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.

Wherever you live, you can always use a furnace because a furnace will heat your home regardless of the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump takes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures start 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 currently 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 highly 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 move heat that already exists from one place to another, such as from outside your home to within your home.

A furnace might sometimes be less costly to install but tends to cost more to use due to the cost of fuel while heat pumps can be a larger investment price but cost less over time.

Still not sure which heating system is ideal for you? No sweat! Call McKinley Heating Service Experts at 780-800-7092 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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