When considering home HVAC heating and cooling options, homeowners will find two popular choices – a heat pump system and a furnace heater – each with advantages and installation considerations.
Heat pumps, particularly electric heat pump systems, are known for being energy efficient. These HVAC systems transfer heat from one place to another, making them highly effective for both heating and cooling a home. While the cost of installing a heat pump can be higher than a traditional furnace installation, the long-term energy savings can make up for the difference. Heat pump air conditioners are often bundled with these systems, providing year-round comfort.
For homeowners considering furnace replacement, there are other factors to think about. High-efficiency furnaces are known for to be reliable and effective in providing consistent heat. Gas furnaces are a popular due to their efficiency and lower operational costs. In addition to the furnace install cost, ongoing furnace maintenance can add up over time.
Homeowners should also consider the climate when choosing between a heat pump and a furnace. Heat pumps are typically more efficient in milder climates, while furnaces, including wood-burning furnaces and gas options, work the best in colder regions.
There are several factors that impact selecting a heat pump versus a furnace, including the higher up-front cost of a heat pump, higher energy costs to operate a furnace over time, lower maintenance costs for heat pumps, and heat pumps tend to have a longer lifespan than furnaces. Learn about heat pumps and furnaces and considerations that could impact which type of HVAC system you install.