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    Should You Get a Furnace or a Heat Pump?

    July 6, 2018


    So, you’re preparing to get a new home. There is no shortage of tasks you need to check off and obstacles you need to overcome, no matter how many it may seem like you’ve accomplished. And even though we’re in the middle of another sweltering Rockport summer, it pays to think ahead. Make sure your future heating needs will be taken care of for whenever the winter does finally roll around.

    The decision is this: should you have a furnace installed, or would opting for a heat pump be a more prudent choice? The answer isn’t so clear-cut, and depending on what your home’s specific needs are, the one you end up going with could be totally different from another person. Sigwald Service Co. is committed to helping you and your family be as comfortable as possible, and to guide you along in the process, our experts have a few things to keep in mind while you’re choosing. Whenever you come to a decision, let us take care of the installation and maintenance!

    Pros and Cons of a Furnace

    Furnaces are the more common, more traditional choice, but they’re not perfect for every household.

    • Cheaper Up Front: Furnaces typically don’t require the financial commitment to install that heat pumps do. However, if you decide to upgrade and invest in a higher-efficiency model, a furnace can end up being more expensive.
    • They Last Longer: If properly maintained, a furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years on average compared to a heat pump, which has an average lifespan of 10 or so years.
    • Higher Temperatures: In Rockport, this isn’t much of a concern. However, since furnaces operate by creating heat instead of propelling already-existing heat, they can reach higher temperatures if the outside environment is colder.

    Now for the downsides.

    • One-Half of a Two-Part System: Unlike heat pumps, furnaces need an AC to work in conjunction with, doubling the amount of equipment you’ll need.
    • Not Available Everywhere: If the area you live in doesn’t have access to natural gas, a furnace won’t work, and you’ll have to get a heat pump regardless.

    Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump

    We’ve gone over furnaces, and now we switch our focus to heat pumps. These guys offer things furnaces aren’t able to provide, but there are also drawbacks, of course.

    • Heat Pumps Use Less Energy: Since heat pumps aren’t expending the energy to generate their own heat – they just move air around and heat it – the output that you’ll have to pay for is lower.
    • They’re Safer: The combustion that furnaces perform give off harmful gases like carbon monoxide as a byproduct, and heat pumps don’t.
    • They Double as Air Conditioners: If you get a heat pump, you don’t need to add a secondary air conditioner! They function as one already, so you save on the installation of another piece of equipment.
    • Not Great Everywhere: As we mentioned earlier, heat pumps aren’t great in colder temperatures, but in Rockport that’s not much of a concern. When the climate is chilly, a heat pump pulls cold air in and heats it, but it costs much more energy to do so.

    As you can see, making a call on whether a heat pump or a furnace is better-suited for your situation isn’t something we can make with one sweeping statement. What works for you and your home might not be as suited for someone else. What we can do is work with you and your family to help you make that choice after talking with an experienced specialist. Give American Air & Heat a call at 361-729-1584 to schedule an appointment!