If you’re replacing your HVAC system, or are building a new home, you may be trying to decide between a furnace and a heat pump to heat your home during the colder months. While most people are more familiar with furnaces, it’s important to understand your options in case a heat pump is a better choice in your situation.
A furnace generates heat by burning natural gas or by using electricity, and sends the heat into the home. A heat pump doesn’t generate heat; it absorbs heat energy from the outside air, even in cold temperatures, and transfers the heat to the indoor air.
If your home has access to natural gas, a traditional furnace is usually the best option for heating your home. Another aspect to consider is how cold it gets during winter. A furnace will heat your home no matter how cold it is outside. A heat pump functions best when the temperature in winter doesn’t get much lower than 50 degrees, because it pulls in warmth from the air outside and sends it into the house. When temperatures dip towards freezing, it can be more difficult for a heat pump to supply enough heat for the entire house. In northern Illinois, where winters can be freezing for much of the time, a furnace will probably work best for your home.
If you have a second home or are moving somewhere that would allow you to use either a furnace or a heat pump, consider that heat pumps are highly energy efficient. They may cost more to install initially, but may save in energy costs over time. While a furnace may be less expensive to install, it could cost more in energy bills due to the cost of fuel.
For more information, contact Golden Seal Service Experts; they’ll send a professional technician to visit your home, review your options, and provide a complimentary in-home estimate.
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174