With fall’s arrival, many homeowners will need to select a new heating and air conditioning system or a furnace. For most, energy efficiency is typically a major consideration in selecting a new system. Choosing between a furnace, and a heat pump is easier when you understand the differences. A MES professional can assist you in making the right choice for your home and budget with the information you need. Our factory-trained and Nate certified technicians offer installation, maintenance, repair and other HVAC services for your home.
Heat pumps and furnaces are both popular among homeowners, providing effective heat and other benefits. In a heating system, you will need the annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE to determine it’s heating efficiency.
Fuel Vs. Electricity
Furnace options include natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and an electric furnace. The heat pump operates on electricity and is an excellent and energy-efficient option. This is especially true if you live in an area where natural gas is not available. Systems that use propane are typically discouraged due to the cost of the fuel. A heat pump or electric furnace is likely to be your best option for heating your home. This of course also depends on your cost for electricity. Heat pumps offer both heating and air conditioning and provide a higher energy efficiency than an electric furnace. They are also available in Energy Star for the highest efficiency possible, saving you money this winter.
It is important to understand heat pumps and electric furnaces produce heat in very different ways. There is also the consideration of a variety of heat pumps being available. This enables you to select the right one for your budget and home.
The Most Common Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps are the most common and the one most homeowners are familiar with. They are also more energy-efficient than ever, and a good choice for those on a budget. Mini-split heat pumps offer zoned heating and cooling. They also offer a higher level of energy efficiency. They provide an alternative for homeowners who do not want to pay for heating and cooling unused rooms. The golden standard for those who want the highest energy efficiency is the geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps also offer the longest lifespan. The geothermal system carries a higher initial cost but can potentially pay for itself in as little as 3 to 5 years. It will also last for decades with minimal care. With so many options available, you are certain to find the best selection for your home, location, climate, and budget.
Homeowners often choose a gas or electric furnace because it works well regardless of the outside temperature. In colder climates heat pumps once lost energy efficiency in colder temperatures. Today’s heat pumps can handle cold outdoor temperatures of near 0 degrees, and still maintain respectable energy efficiency, while maintaining your comfort. The geothermal heat pump is an exception. With its ground loops underground where the temperature remains constant, this system maintains your comfort year-round without increasing the electric bill. Temperature variations do not affect the geothermal heat pump system.
Safety and Environment
Both furnaces and heat pumps offer safe operation with proper installation and routine maintenance. However, heat pumps offer an environmental advantage by operating cleanly without fossil fuels. All homes using any form of gas appliances should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to ensure yours and your family’s safety.
Our factory-trained professional HVAC technicians provide the expertise to ensure all factors are correctly considered in the selection of an HVAC system for your home. The aspects that are considered for each home include window type and size, insulation quality, the direction they face, insulation in the home, shade factors such as trees and direction, and door quality for example. We will be glad to assist you by providing an informed choice between a furnace vs. heat pump. We offer the expertise for reliable heat pump or furnace installation you can trust.
About Metro Express Service
Metro Express Service is a leading local heating and air conditioning company offering factory-trained professionals, with a dedication to your satisfaction. We offer a variety of residential and commercial HVAC services in and around Dallas for your comfort throughout the year. Our professional services include heating system and AC tune-ups, service, repairs, replacement, installation and more. We offer emergency repair services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for your immediate needs. When you call, we will be glad to answer your questions, and schedule service at your earliest convenience. You can rely on us for exceptional service. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating reflecting our goal of excellence. Contact Metro Express Service in Dallas today to schedule the reliable heat pump or other HVAC services you need.