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Should I Buy a Heat Pump or a Traditional Furnace?

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Searching for the right heating system for your home can be a daunting process. And one of the hardest decisions is choosing between a heat pump and traditional furnace. So which is best for your home? Read below for Boer Brothers’ advice.

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular in the Triangle, and for good reason. Unlike traditional HVAC systems that use a furnace and air conditioner for heating and cooling, heat pumps perform both functions. Just like an air conditioner, a heat pump uses refrigerant to force heat outside of your home during summer. However, it will also reverse this process to bring warm air inside during the fall and winter

Heat pump benefits in Chapel Hill

Why own a heat pump as opposed to a traditional furnace? One word: Efficiency. Heat pumps are highly efficient and provide consistent heat for a relatively low amount of energy input. Furnaces use gas fuel to produce warm air while heat pumps only need refrigerant, which doesn’t get consumed like gas does. This also reduces the risk of a carbon monoxide leak.

Ductless heat pump from Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling

Ductless heat pumps allow you to achieve zoned HVAC in your home. This means that for every ductless unit, or mini-split, that you install, you create a new “zone” with its own temperature and humidity settings. This lowers energy bills and increases comfort for the household.

Gas furnace: Why own one in Chapel Hill?

“If heat pumps are so great, then why would I want a gas furnace?” Well, heat pumps are highly effective during mild winters, and we’ve been seeing more of those recently in the Triangle. However, when the occasional moderate or severe winter weather does arrive, your heat pump could actually be less efficient than a gas furnace. When the air outside is freezing, there’s no heat for the heat pump to draw on. It has to rely on electric strip heat, and this can be costly. In addition, if you own a heat pump that uses R-22 refrigerant (as opposed to R-410A), your refrigerant costs will continue to increase year by year.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a new heating system. Fortunately, Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling is here to help. Call today or click here to contact us with any questions you have!