If you live in Maryland and are planning to replace your heating system this year, you’ll likely be deciding between a heat pump or a furnace. While a heat pump provides year-round comfort and maximizes efficiency, a furnace can keep your family as warm as they want to be, no matter the temperature outside.
So what’s the better choice—a heat pump or furnace? The answer depends on a number of factors.
Heat Pump vs Furnace
Efficiency. Because heat pumps use the outside air to heat and cool your home, they generally operate more efficiently than furnaces. However, if there are any extreme dips in weather, a gas furnace can sometimes do the job better. Choosing a high efficiency gas furnace with a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) of 90 or above can help you still keep your energy bills down.
Installation costs. Although heat pumps use less energy and can help you save money in the long run with lower energy bills, initial installation costs tend to be higher. The cost of a heat pump itself is also more than that of a furnace but because it’s doing double duty, you won’t need to pay separate installation costs for an air conditioner.
Environmental considerations. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly heating system, a heat pump is your best bet. Because they use the natural outside air to heat and cool your home, heat pumps require less power and use fewer resources.
Level of warmth and comfort. The biggest advantage to gas furnaces is they can keep your home as warm and comfortable as you want it to be. Heat pumps use the air outside and generally do not provide the same level of warmth, particularly in extreme cold, though they get the job done in milder conditions.
Convenience. Heat pumps provide year round comfort with both heating and cooling capabilities. If you use a furnace as your heating system, you’ll need a separate air conditioner for the summer.
Heat Pump or Furnace? Let Us Help You Decide!
Making the decision between a heat pump or furnace may not seem so simple. The mild weather in the area can make a heat pump the better choice for maximum efficiency. But with colder than average temperatures and heavy snow predicted for the 2014-15 winter, you might want to be better prepared with a high quality gas furnace you know will keep you as warm as you want to be.
Let the experts help you decide! At All Seasons Heating & Cooling, we have years of experience working with all types of HVAC systems in the Baltimore and Annapolis, MD area and are extremely knowledgeable on what makes the best heating solutions. Contact us to learn more about a heat pump vs. furnace, and we’ll help you find the best fit for your home!