Whether you’re replacing a current heating system or installing a new one, you may be considering which type of heating system is right for you. Both heat pumps and furnaces have advantages and drawbacks.
In order to choose wisely, you’ll want to consider specific factors, as well as speak to your heating professional.
Let us help you choose between a furnace and a heat pump, by understanding the differences between the two.
Differences Between Heat Pumps And Furnaces
There are important differences and factors to consider, when choosing on a heating system for you and your family’s needs.
Furnaces are individual units that use either fossil fuels or electricity. Types of fossil fuels include natural gas, propane, and fuel oil. Some newer homes are already set up for natural gas. However, some homes are too far from a utility supply network, in which case, you would need to use fuel oil or propane (or electricity). For both fuel oil and propane, these fuels are stored inside tanks that sit outside the home, and users purchase the needed fuel at one time. When the fuel on hand runs out, the user purchases more. Natural gas, on the other hand, is billed monthly, as it is created continually.
While, in general, fuel-based furnaces are relatively safe, they can cause carbon monoxide exposure if they are in need of repair. For this reason, it’s important to use a carbon monoxide detector in order to be aware of this odorless gas before it causes harm. With proper maintenance, you most likely won’t encounter any carbon monoxide-related problems.
Lastly, furnaces tend to work well in any climate, and the furnace will keep the temperature consistent through turning on and shutting off automatically as needed.
Heat pumps use electricity and consist of an indoor and outdoor unit. Refrigerant is processed in coils and distributed as needed. For heating, outdoor air is collected, processed, and pushed indoors. For cooling, indoor air goes through the same process and is then pushed outdoors. Heat pumps don’t produce carbon monoxide, and they are generally more economical and efficient. However, they aren’t ideal for use in climates that frequently see temperatures below freezing for extended periods of time. If you live in such a climate and prefer a heat pump, you’ll want to also have a backup furnace.
Call The Arizona Heating Experts
Simply the Best Heating & Cooling are your greater Phoenix area heating experts. Our qualified and knowledgeable technicians will work with your budget and needs to get you the heating system that works best for you and your family. We offer free estimates on new units and also provide info on rebates and discounts for our Arizona residents!