Many homeowners may not know the difference between a furnace and a heat pump. They both heat your home, but they each use a totally different method to do so.
The main difference between is that a furnace heats your home through combustion, whereas a heat pump brings the heat from the outside air to move warm air through your home. Your need for either system may be based on factors, such as energy efficiency, heat output, but the most significant deciding factor is your climate.
If you live in the South, there’s a good chance you have a heat pump. This climate typically doesn’t get as cold or stay cold long enough in this region for homeowners to invest in furnaces.
Here’s a quick Pros & Cons of furnaces vs. heat pumps, and an explanation of how each might work best for your situation.
Heat Pump Pros: For winters averaging around 30-40 degrees F, a heat pump is a perfect fit for your home. They are best in temperate climates because they serve as both a heater and an air conditioner.
Heat Pump Cons: This system doesn’t do well in climates of extreme heat or cold. With temperature differential in either direction, the heat pump will need more energy to keep the desired temperature inside your home. Frost can affect the outdoor compressor’s efficiency.
Furnace Pros: For winters that have temperatures consistently below freezing, this is the right system for your home. Furnaces do better in extreme climates because they don’t depend on the outdoor temperatures to convert to heat.
Furnace Cons: You’ll need a separate cooling system to beat the heat in the summer.
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