Does your home have a furnace or a heat pump? Some homeowners may not be sure. Typically, furnaces heat your home using gas, while a heat pump uses electricity. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

FIRE UP THE FURNACE

A furnace requires fuel, typically natural gas. When you turn the system on it lights either a pilot light or electronic ignition, which creates a flame at a set temperature. Air then blows across the combustion chamber and into your home to keep you warm.

  • Some advantages of furnaces include their ability to heat homes rapidly. Furnaces can last up to 30 years and only need minimal maintenance.
  • One disadvantage is that a furnace only supplies heat, so a separate A/C system is necessary during the summer months. At times, furnaces can heat some areas of your home better than others, and also tend to be noisy.

PRIME THE PUMP

If your home uses electricity instead of gas, chances are you have a heat pump. The “pump” is the fan outside your house that pumps air from the outside to the inside. The air is treated on the way to either heat or cool your home. Air from inside your home is then pumped out!

  • As mentioned, one advantage is that a heat pump can both heat and cool your home, depending on the time of year. They’re also more energy-efficient and generally quieter than a furnace.
  • One disadvantage is a shorter lifespan (usually no more than 15 years). Heat pumps require indoor and outdoor units, which can take up a lot of space, and sometimes can have performance issues in extreme cold.

DON’T FORGET DUCTLESS

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new home heating system, but you don’t have ducts. There are more options than just a furnace or heat pump! Mini-splits are a new trend in home comfort and can replace wall heaters, baseboard units, or window units. These ductless options work primarily for single rooms and are not designed as whole-home systems. Mini-splits are more expensive upfront, but have fantastic efficiency and can operate in extreme temperature conditions.

WORTH THE CALL

The Bosworth Company has the heating option that works for you, your home, and your budget this winter. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233.