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Heat Pump VS Furnace

Looking to Install a New Heater?

A heat pump or a furnace are the two most common choices when selecting a new heater. Even though both heaters keep your home warm, each has advantages and disadvantages.

heat pump system on exterior wall of house

What’s a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is part of an HVAC system installed outside your home, providing cool or warm air inside the house. It works similarly to an air conditioner but doesn’t create heat. Instead, a heat pump transfers heat from inside your home to the outside during cooler months and pulls heat from the interior during warmer months to cool your home. A heat pump also reduces the need to install multiple systems for their home. However, users might have to purchase an additional AC unit if temperatures are frequently below 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Heat Pump Pros:
  • Runs cleaner and safer compared to gas furnace. Since a heat pump runs off electricity, it eliminates possible carbon monoxide or gas leaks
  • Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling so users may not have to buy additional HVAC systems for their home
  • Energy efficient design uses less energy, reducing your electricity bill
  • Quieter operation compared to other heating systems
Heat Pump Cons:
  • Inoperable during power outages since it relies on electricity
  • Requires more maintenance since it has more mechanical parts
  • Higher cost upfront compared to other HVAC alternatives
  • Less efficient during extremely cold temperatures (works best in temperatures over 35 to 40° F)

What’s a Furnace?

A home furnace generates a cycle of warming cooler air by burning propane or natural gas, passing through a heat exchanger, making it hot. Then, air from the home’s ductwork blows over the heat exchanger, warming the air, and is blown out through the supply ductwork, distributing the air throughout the house.

Furnace Pros:
  • Functions smoothly in any climate
  • Requires less maintenance than a heat pump since there are fewer parts
  • Generates heat faster than other heating alternatives
  • Versatile setup can operate with various gases like natural gas, propane, or oil


Furnace Cons:
  • Cannot make cool air, so an additional AC unit must be installed
  • Since it consumes gas or oil, it is not as safe as heat pumps as it increases the risk of fires, explosions, or gas leaks
  • Not as environmentally friendly since it is powered by non-renewable gases

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