If you own a home in Ohio, you may need to decide between a heat pump or furnace. Either one can be the right solution for your home, but one may be better than the other in your particular situation. When deciding between a furnace and a heat pump, here are some of the things to consider.
Heat Pump Pros and Cons
As heat pumps don’t use energy to generate heat, they are more efficient than furnaces. Instead, they use electricity to move heat from outside into your home. As they don’t combust fuel like a gas furnace, they are safer to operate. Heat pumps also have the advantage of cooling your home in the summer.
Where you live in Ohio will determine whether a heat pump is right for you. The farther north you are, the less sense they make. In the southern and central areas of the state, the weather is fairly moderate in the winter, so a heat pump works well. In the northern area of the state, it gets much colder and so you need an auxiliary furnace to heat your home instead.
Furnace Pros and Cons
Furnaces are dedicated appliances that will quickly heat your home. They’re less expensive to have installed than a heat pump. They only operate in the winter, so they last longer than a heat pump does.
The main problem with furnaces is that they’re indoors. If it’s a gas furnace, this introduces the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into your home. They’re also not as efficient as heat pumps, so you’ll have higher energy bills.
David White Services, Inc., in Lancaster, OH, installs, repairs and tunes-up heat pumps and furnaces. You can also rely on these same services for air conditioners. Additionally, we have fireplace, indoor air quality, ductwork, duct cleaning, geothermal and generator products and services. Get in touch today to find out more or to schedule an appointment.