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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Is A Furnace Or Heat Pump Best For Your Home

by Rita Richardson

Are you feeling torn between getting a heat pump or a furnace for your home and are not sure what the best option is? If so, it will help to know the following things about these two heating methods.

What Are The Benefits Of A Heat Pump?

Many people are confused about what a heat pump can do, simply due to the name of the appliance. A heat pump is capable of transferring heat both in and out of your home. This allows it to transfer heat into your home during the winter to keep it warm or pump the heat out of your home to cool it down in the summer. This gives a heat pump the unique advantage of offering both heating and cooling.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Heat Pump?

One of the biggest problems with a heat pump is its limitations in very cold climates. If you have very harsh winters, the heat pump may not be able to provide the heat that you need when the outdoor temperatures are the coldest. This means that you need a backup heating solution unless you live in a climate where the winters are not that cold.

What Are the Advantages Of A Furnace?

You certainly have options for the fuel source of a forced air furnace. Gas furnaces are incredibly common due to natural gas being easy to run to most homes and the cost of gas being cheap enough for homeowners to afford. Electric furnaces are another option, though the energy required to run an electric furnace can be more expensive. You also have the option to run a furnace off of heating oil, which will need to be delivered to your home regularly during the winter. 

What Are The Disadvantages of A Furnace? 

A forced air furnace needs some sort of ductwork system in order for it to work. If you do not have existing ductwork in your home, then it can be quite expensive to retrofit a forced air furnace into an older home. A furnace is a great choice if you are replacing an old furnace or adding it to a system that just uses central air conditioning.

In addition, a forced air furnace is only going to provide heat. While forced air systems can support both heating and cooling with the same ductwork, the outdoor compressor is needed to produce the cold air. 

Contact a heating service to learn more.