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Should I Get a Heat Pump or a Furnace?

If you are ready to invest in a new heating system for your home, you may be wondering what option is best for your family. Heat pumps and furnaces are both popular choices for various reasons. Neither system is significantly better than the other. Instead, it really depends on your individual needs.

You can keep reading to learn more about your options for heating installation in Dover, PA. Then give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment. We can help review your options and make a recommendation based on your unique needs.

Pros and Cons of a Furnace

Furnaces are great because they consistently heat your entire home quickly. When you choose a furnace, you can decide whether you want gas or electric. Of course, your decision may come down to whether or not you have access to gas lines at your home. An electric furnace is considered more energy efficient than a gas furnace because gas furnaces lose some energy during the combustion process. 

However, electric furnaces can take longer to heat up your home, thus using more energy. The gas furnace heats up your home a little bit faster since it uses an open flame instead of a heating element. It really comes down to your individual preferences. We encourage you to keep in mind that if you do have a gas furnace installed that you also invest in carbon monoxide detectors. Gas does not have an odor or color, so a gas leak can be difficult to detect without a carbon monoxide detector.

Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump

A heat pump works by transferring energy instead of creating heat using combustion or heating elements. The heating process for a heat pump is similar to how an air conditioner works to channel heat away from your home to cool it. The heat pump has a reversing valve that allows the refrigerant lines to move in the opposite direction and bring heat into your home from outside instead of removing it. 

However, when it gets very cold outside and there is less heat in the air to transfer inside, a heat pump may struggle with efficiency to keep up with your heating needs. As a result, you may need to invest in a dual fuel system instead. This simply means that you are installing a small backup furnace alongside your central heat pump to aid in heating your home on the coldest days of winter. It’s a solution for elevating your comfort while also reducing strain on your heat pump as it struggles with efficiency. 

Bottom Line

No matter what type of central heater you choose, it all comes down to your preferences and needs. Since a heat pump also offers air conditioning all within the same system, that unit may be more appealing. It eliminates the need to have a separate air conditioner and heater installed in your home. However, if you are concerned about a potential lack of heat with a heat pump, a furnace may be a better option.

Contact Regal Plumbing, Heating and A/C to schedule an appointment for heating installation and other home services. Committed to Service, Committed to You, Since 1974.

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