Homes are generally equipped with either a furnace or a heat pump in order to keep the indoors warm and toasty during the colder winter months. A home’s location can help determine which option is preferable.
A heat pump is best for homes in areas with average winter temperatures that don’t fall below 50 degrees. Heat pumps pull heat from the outside air and bring it into the home, so if temperatures fall below 50 degrees, a heat pump may struggle to heat an entire house. While heat pumps are extremely efficient since they don’t actually create heat, they are more expensive to install. The savings come over time, as they are less costly to run compared to a furnace; they’re also quieter during operation.
A furnace will heat a home regardless of how cold it gets outside. Furnaces are less expensive to install compared with heat pumps, but operating them may cost more over time. A gas furnace will usually last longer than a heat pump, and is considered more dependable since fewer mechanical parts are subject to malfunction. Maintenance costs are generally lower, as furnaces only run for several months each year.
Another option is a hybrid system that utilizes an air-sourced heat pump along with an existing furnace system. The heat pump works when the temperature is over a certain temperature, usually around 40-50 degrees. If the temperature drops lower than the threshold, the furnace kicks on to take over the job of heating the home. The benefit is lower energy usage during milder temperatures, and comforting warmth from the gas furnace when it’s colder out.
If you’re not sure which heating system is best for your home, the professionals at Golden Seal Service Experts can help you make the right decision. For more information, please contact:
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 621-9784