If you're building or renovating a home, you may be in the market for a new furnace or heat pump. Evaluating the pros and cons of each method used to heat a home will help you determine the option that is best for you.
Heat pump systems use electricity, and are a terrific option for homes located in moderate climates. A heat pump pulls air from outside the home and brings it into the home; it simply transfers heat from one location to another, and doesn't create any heat itself. This makes heat pumps very energy efficient, but when the temperature drops below about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it makes it more difficult for a heat pump to supply enough heat throughout your home.
A heat pump may also be more costly to install, as it includes both an indoor and an outdoor component for the system setup. However, electricity rates are lower in many areas of the country when compared to the cost of natural gas, so ongoing operating costs may be less than with a gas furnace. Heat pumps are more quiet than furnaces, and are safer; there's no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning with a heat pump.
Regardless of where you live, a furnace is always a good option. A furnace will heat your home regardless of the outdoor temperature. If the home is already outfitted with a ventilation system for a furnace, the installation cost can be less than for a heat pump. A furnace will generally last longer than a heat pump, and has fewer mechanical parts, leading to fewer opportunities for malfunctions.
If you're on the fence trying to decide between installing a gas furnace versus a heat pump, call Golden Seal Service Experts. They'll come to your home to review your options, and will provide a free estimate for each choice. For more information about furnaces and heat pumps, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174