Furnaces VS. Heat Pumps
Once the winter months hit, your first priority will be to stay warm. The hunt for warmth is one of our most primal instincts. The solution for this warmth, however, doesn’t have to be primal. With our current advances in technology, we have access to many different methods of staying warm, and they’re all far more sophisticated than a fire in a cave.
Two of these methods are heat pumps and furnaces. Both are excellent at providing warmth with the touch of a button. But options can be daunting. You have two different heating systems; which one should you pick?
To help you make your decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the pros and cons for either system! We hope that after reading it, you’ll have a strong idea about which system is right for you!
Pros And Cons Of Furnaces VS. Heat Pumps
- Heat Pump - Pros
A heat pump is noted for being among the quietest systems for keeping your home warm. And relative to furnaces, they are fairly inexpensive to install. On top of these qualities, a heat pump is safer than a furnace since it does not pose the risk of producing harmful carbon monoxide poisoning. Lastly, since a heat pump is powered by electricity, not gas, it is generally cheaper to operate than a furnace is.
- Heat Pump - Cons
Since heat pumps work by moving warm air where you need it, if it’s particularly cold outside, it might not be able to warm your home very well at all. Also, since a heat pump requires both an indoor AND outdoor component to function, it requires more room than a furnace, which requires only an indoor component.
- Furnace - Pros
Unlike a heat pump, a furnace doesn’t rely on external heat. It simply produces the heat it needs without regard to the presence (or lack thereof) of heat in the area. Thus, furnaces are reliable sources of heat in all kinds of weather. They also require less maintenance over their lifetime since they are used during only the winter months. And because they don’t have a great number of moving parts, furnaces enjoy long lifespans!
- Furnace - Cons
Because it uses gas, a furnace could cause a carbon monoxide leak - a serious problem for you and your family! And should this gas begin to leak, a fire or even an explosion could occur. The gas combustion that a furnace causes also results in poorer air quality throughout your home. So while the gas allows a furnace to burn efficiently and reliably, it also poses its own set of problems.
The Bottom Line
It’s important to stay warm in the winter, and luckily for you as a product of the modern world, you have many options for keeping warm. Also lucky for you is that, as a resident of or near Atlanta, you have access to one of the most reliable Atlanta air conditioning experts around: Southern Home Performance!
If this list has helped you settle on the best heating system for you, then just call us up today and schedule an installation for the heating system of your dreams!
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