Furnace or Heat Pump: Which Heating System is Right for You?

If your furnace is getting up there in age, you’re probably considering your replacement options. Do you stick with a similar model or try something different in the hopes of achieving long-term energy savings?

Certainly, the furnace is tried and true but a heat pump is worth your consideration, too.

Keep reading to find out if you should make the switch.

The Difference Between a Furnace and Heat Pump

A furnace uses a fuel source -- either gas or electricity -- to generate heat. A gas furnace burns combustible fuel while an electric furnace distributes warmth by blowing air over a heating element. A heat pump, on the other hand, doesn’t generate heat; it moves it. A heat pump taps into a free and unlimited source of heat -- the outside air -- and transfers it to the inside of your home. Even when temperatures are below freezing, a heat pump can extract heat energy through pressurized refrigerant lines. This is what makes heat pumps significantly more efficient.

Heat Pumps Have Limitations

Heat pumps work best when conditions are mild. They become increasingly less efficient when temperatures drop below 35 degrees, at which point they’ll switch over to electric resistance heating (basically, blowing warm air across heated coils). Because electricity is almost always more expensive than gas, your heat pump is going to struggle to keep you warm during a New Jersey cold snap without spiking your energy bill.

Pair a Heat Pump with a Furnace

Your best compromise¬†is to use a heat pump with a backup furnace for when temperatures plummet. This configuration is called a dual-fuel heat pump and it’s the most cost-effective way to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature all year.

Because a heat pump cools as well as heats, you can depend on it for air conditioning during the summer and benefit from energy-efficient warmth during the milder parts of winter.

Turn to Guaranteed Service for All of Your Heating Needs

Whether you go with a furnace, a heat pump or a dual-fuel system, it’s important to have the heating units professionally sized and installed. For that, rely on Guaranteed Service. Our Central New Jersey technicians and installers are backed by years of industry experience and offer unmatched warranties on all installed equipment. To schedule your appointment, all (732) 412-1134.