Warming the interior of your home seems to be a simple concept, but there are actually two options for homeowners when it comes to their heating system. When you are looking at a heat pump or furnace, considering the following factors will help determine which option is best for your home. Cache Valley Heating and Air can take your home heating and cooling system to the next level. Whether you have a heat pump or furnace, our team can help maintain these mechanisms in your home.
How They Work
Before choosing a heating option, it is best to understand how each unit works.
First, furnaces can come in three forms, oil, gas or electric. Oil is usually found in older homes and is not the most conducive for the environment. Gas furnaces are the most common in homes in the United States and use natural gas to heat your home. Electric furnaces are the most environmentally friendly and are the most efficient because all energy that is put into it is converted to heat.
Heat pumps run on electricity and draw air from outside, heat it up, and distribute it throughout your home. Heat pumps can be used to heat or cool homes, so they are a good option for those without a full HVAC system. These mechanisms are usually recommended for warmer climates because they often can’t heat the entirety of a home when temperatures get too low.
The most common HVAC question from customers is whether to choose a heat pump or furnace. It can come down to the simple answer of which unit is going to make your quality of life better. Between maintenance checkups and the space it takes up in your home, each unit can have pros and cons.
The lifespan of your heat pump or furnace is something that homeowners should be aware of. For most furnaces, the lifespan can be up to 20 years if properly maintained. Heat pumps have around a 15 year lifespan because they are often used year-round to both heat and cool your home, whereas furnaces are only used a few months every year in most moderate climates.
Proper maintenance will ensure that either unit is working properly when you need it most. Changing the air filters is something that can easily be done by homeowners. Having Cache Valley Heating and Air clean and inspect and clean your unit annually will help detect or stop any problems. We can also recommend other services that may be needed on your interior or external unit.
Choosing options that are energy-efficient helps save you money on your energy bill, but comparing the energy efficiency of furnaces and heat pumps can be complicated. The best way to get the most energy-efficient option is to choose the best unit for your climate. Choosing a heat pump in an extremely cold climate will cause you to run the heat pump more often than necessary. If you do not have access to natural gas, choosing a gas furnace will cost you more than installing an electric furnace.
When building a home, you will make the space for a HVAC system, but if you are looking for a new heat pump or furnace, you will need to account for how much space you have. A furnace can take up quite a bit of space. A furnace needs at least 30 inches of clearance on each side, but a heat pump only needs 24 inches.
When you install a HVAC system, it is important to trust a professional so that everything works correctly, but this comes with installation costs. Cost will vary from company to company and largely depends on how your current system is set up. If your home does not have natural gas, you will have additional costs as well if your electrical wiring is not properly positioned for a furnace.
Our team at Cache Valley HVAC can help you narrow down costs and determine what your installation of a heat pump or furnace can cost.
Work With Cache Valley HVAC
Cache Valley Heating and Air can help heat your home throughout the winter months. Our team can help you install a new furnace and maintain your current system. We want Cache Valley residents to be comfortable and safe in their home all year round by cleaning and maintaining their heat pumps or furnaces. If you are not sure what heating option is best for your home, contact our team for professional advice.