Furnace VS Heat Pump: Which Is Best For Your Virginia Home?

Furnaces & Heat pumps are part of the central heating system in households. A heat pump extracts heat from outdoors and pumps it to the inside of your room while a furnace uses gas or oil to produce heat.

Continue reading to learn their pros and cons, and it will help you to decide which one is better for your Virginia home.

Furnace VS Heat Pump

  • The Heating System’s Efficiency

Furnaces produce heat by consuming fuels like propane, natural gas, and oil. On the other hand, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from one place to another. Heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces since transferring heat consumes less power than producing it.

You can also read: The 10 Common Furnace Problems

  • Air Quality

Since furnaces run on fuel, it can produce harmful gases that can pollute the air inside the room. Heat pumps use electricity to transfer warm air from one place to another and do not produce any harmful byproducts.

  • Comfort

A furnace dries the surrounding air and dehumidifies. This effect makes the air in the room feel more coarse than regular. The heat pump circulates warm air in the room and produces the heating effect more gently compared to furnaces. Also, the air circulated by the heat pump is naturally humid, which makes you feel warmer.

  • Heat Pump VS Furnace Cost

With purchase and installation combined, heat pumps are generally more expensive than furnaces. Moreover, if you consider the running costs, furnaces save you a considerable amount on utility bills since furnaces don’t rely on electricity to heat your room.

  • Lifespan & Maintenance

Furnaces generally have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance than heat pumps. Heat pumps need to be maintained periodically, as they have a lot of mechanical and electrical components that encounter wear and tear of the environment and handling.

Also read: Should I Repair Or Replace My Heat Pump?

  • The Result

Although heat pumps may look better than furnaces given all these factors, they are not able to perform that well in colder climates, due to the lack of surrounding hot air. While furnaces generate heat even in the colder seasons by burning oil and gas, so in the end, the system that works best for your home will depend on the unique conditions of your home and region.

Contact Abel Air Services, and our experts will help you choose the best HVAC for your Virginia home.

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