Heat Pump vs. Furnace: Comparison Guide (Pros And Cons)

As a homeowner, selecting the best-fit heating system for your home is challenging. There are many options to consider, and the two popular choices are heat pumps and furnaces, each with pros and cons. This blog post will discuss heat pump vs. furnace to help you decide which system suits your home. We will cover everything so you will obtain the information you need to choose your home heating system. Keep on reading!

What are Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps are HVAC systems that can be used for heating and cooling. They work by transferring heat from one location to another rather than generating heat themselves. This implies they may use less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems.

Additionally, there are two main types of heat pumps: air source and geothermal. Air source heat pumps use the outside air as their heat source, while geothermal heat pump systems use the heat from the ground. This gives homeowners more options when selecting a heat pump for their home.

One of the biggest pros of heat pumps is their energy efficiency. Because they move heat rather than generate it, they can use significantly less energy than other heating and cooling systems. This can lead to lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Another advantage is that heat pumps can be utilized for both cooling and heating purposes. Homeowners who reside in places with varying temperatures throughout the year may find this to be of particular benefit.

However, there are also some cons to consider regarding heat pumps. One major downside is that they can be less effective in cold climates. This is because they rely on transferring heat, and when the outside air is too cold, there may not be enough heat to transfer.

The initial cost of installing a heat pump system can also be higher than other HVAC systems. However, the energy savings often make up for this initial investment over time.

What are Furnaces?

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Furnaces are a standard heating system that keeps homes and buildings warm during cold weather. They are typically fueled by gas, electricity, or heating oil and work by circulating heated air through a duct system.

  • Gas furnace: These are the most common type of furnace and are popular for their lower initial cost than oil or electric furnace. They ignite natural gas in a burner, which heats a metal heat exchanger.
  • Electric furnaces: They use electricity to heat coils that warm the air. These furnaces are generally more expensive than gas or oil but may be preferred in areas with limited gas availability.
  • Heating oil furnaces: These furnaces work similarly to a gas furnace, except they burn heating oil instead of natural gas. They are most commonly found in older homes and may require a separate storage tank for the oil.

One of the main advantages of furnaces is their effectiveness in colder climates. They can provide reliable and consistent heat even during the coldest months. Gas furnaces are a common option for households on a budget because they are also reasonably inexpensive to install.

However, furnaces do have some drawbacks. They are generally less energy efficient than other heating systems, which may cost more to operate over time. Furnaces need a separate air conditioning system to keep homes cool in the summer, which can raise the cost of the system.

Heat Pump Vs. Furnace

Heat pumps and furnaces are standard heating systems used in residential and commercial settings. While both methods are designed to provide warmth, they function differently and have unique advantages and disadvantages.

Heat Generation

Heat pumps extract heat from the air or ground outside the building and transfer it inside. This is done through refrigeration, which compresses and expands a refrigerant to absorb and release heat. Heat pumps can also be used for cooling by reversing this process.

On the other hand, furnaces generate heat by burning fuel such as natural gas, propane, or oil. The heat produced is then distributed throughout the building via ducts or pipes.

Energy Efficiency and Cost

Heat pumps are generally more energy-efficient than furnaces, which use electricity to move heat rather than burn fuel. This means that they can be cheaper to operate, especially in areas where electricity prices are low. However, heat pumps can become less efficient in colder temperatures, as less heat is available to extract from the air or ground.

On the other hand, furniture is typically less efficient than heat pumps, as some heat generated by burning fuel is lost through the exhaust system. However, they can still be a cost-effective heating option, especially in areas with low electricity prices or where fuel prices are lower than electricity prices.

Performance in Different Climates

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Heat pumps are generally more effective in mild climates, where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. In colder climates, the efficiency of heat pumps can decrease as the heat transfer process becomes less effective when there is less heat available to extract from the air or ground.

On the other hand, furniture can work well in various climates and is often the preferred heating option in colder climates. However, they can be less effective in areas with milder winters, as they may need to be used more to justify the installation and maintenance costs.

Dual Fuel Systems

Dual fuel or hybrid heating systems include both a heat pump and a furnace. These systems are designed to provide efficient heating in various temperatures by switching between the two systems depending on the outside temperature.

When the temperature is mild, the heat pump extracts heat from the air or ground. The furnace provides additional heat when the temperature drops below a certain point. This allows for efficient heating in various temperatures while taking advantage of a heat pump’s energy savings.

Conclusion

While selecting the ideal heating system for your home, there are some things to consider. Both heat pumps and furnaces have pros and cons; the decision ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences.

If you still need to decide which heating system suits your home or need help installing, repairing, or maintaining your heat pump or furnace, contact Aquarius Home Services today. Our expert technicians can help you navigate the world of home heating and ensure your system runs efficiently and effectively.

John Reuter
John Reuter
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I was scheduled for Thursday appointment in the morning. After waiting ALL day Thursday, at 3:30 pm I was informed that the technition was not going to be coming that day, I rescheduled for Friday after 10:00 and had to wait until almost 12:00 (noon) for the technition to arrive. The technician took only about 15 minutes to complete the job. To add insult to injury, he then charged us $292.40 which I feel was (is) excessive.
Laura Wardell
Laura Wardell
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Jack O
Jack O
1718934864
Ethan was here today for our A/C check-up. He was very thorough and professional. Explained everything did an excellent job. Thanks
Arif Ali
Arif Ali
1718907329
Good communication, prompt reply to my inquiry.Professional, knowledgeable and courteous technician, Josiah, who came to the site to perform the work. Our heater was leaking. The root cause was identified and corrected immediately at the spot. Thank you.
Kent Toft
Kent Toft
1718901229
I use this business every time!!They are 10 stars great!!!!!!I can go on and onThey are the best!!!Riley is my main guyHe is polite, courteous,and very thorough!!He explains everything!!!When he us done everything is clean & perfectGGGRREAT guy. Compliment to your business and to himselfI will always go with Aquarius and ALWAYS WITH RILEYThank everyone at Aquarius!!!Kent and Kim Toft. Blaine,MN
David Campbell
David Campbell
1718892842
Very professional. Thank you!
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1718858125
This place was amazing. I called before 8 AM today and I was asked how they could make me smile today!! I thought I had the wrong number. Nope. I told them if they could get my central air working, I would smile. 😀Shortly after the call I received a text message with a brief bio about the technician Mike, with years of experience, stating he was on his way. If I wanted to track his location, I could click the link. Once Mike arrived it didn’t take him long to figure out what was going on with my central air unit. He described everything in detail about what was wrong with it and he took the time to answer several questions I had. Mike also cleaned the unit when he was done. I am very pleased with all aspects of this company and will definitely be using them again!
Mike (Just Mike)
Mike (Just Mike)
1718846047
Always a good experience!
David Tingstad
David Tingstad
1718834301
Nate and A. J. did some electrical work at my house. They were both knowledgeable and professional as well as personable. The finished work looks excellent. I would highly recommend them and Aquarius for any work you need done.
John Meyers
John Meyers
1718830702
Brandon was here to inspect our A/C. He did a wonderful job and suggested a couple items that might need replacing down the road. This was a very good experience and I highly recommend Aquarius.
Wendy Page
Wendy Page
1718821885
Ethan is an excellent tech and Aquarius associate. Very knowledgeable, very thorough, answered all of my questions and is respectful. Provided helpful HVAC information.
Ronald Kath
Ronald Kath
1718759245
Riley took time to explain all the services and answerd all my questions. He is very professional and knowledgeable. I feel my HVAC is working at top efficiency with the suggested preventive maintenance services. Those prevented maintenance services will help to avoid a future breakdown. He is personable. I will definitely be requesting Riley for my next scheduled service.
G ROSS
G ROSS
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Nicole Eggan
Nicole Eggan
1718736861
Everything went as planned. Installers were friendly and informative.
Ginger Murray
Ginger Murray
1718735936
We really like Aquarius' professional and friendly service. They always respond quickly when we have an issue, and we like being on their service plans for water, heating, and AC.
Debra Larsen
Debra Larsen
1718674439
Wow!! Talk about over and above in customer service! As a homeowner I highly recommend Aquarius. They were incredibly thorough and also took the time to do “extras” for me that I didn’t expect. They found and fixed problems that other companies would have walked away from. I have owned my home for 28 years and I am thrilled and just blown away by the level of excellence and customer service I received. I am going to use Aquarius for absolutely everything. Everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Alan Wetzel
Alan Wetzel
1718657730
Micah was thorough, efficient, and explained things while servicing the water heater. Also he is a pleasant person to be with during the service call.
Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
1718647531
Great experience. Thanks for getting our A/C back on so quickly.
Terry Bilse -Kraft
Terry Bilse -Kraft
1718637426
Mike was very professional, polite and did a very good job of letting me know the condition of our AC unit.
Cherie. Skildum
Cherie. Skildum
1718633975
While the plumber was the nicest guy, I truly felt that the service was very slow. Installing 2 faucets and a shower head and simple control should never take 4 1/2 hours!! And our plumbing was up to code! A pretty big bill for a little work.
Chuck
Chuck
1718544944
Nick is awesome…figured out the recurring issue instantly. I can’t thank him enough for getting us up and running promptly and efficiently. Super positive attitude even after a long day, would request him for any future work.
Bill Sherck
Bill Sherck
1718471827
AC not working and Nicholas got to us on the weekend and problem-solved the blown fuses. No charge as warranty work. Professional. Thank goodness before excessive heat warbing! Thanks Aquarius!
Pat Alexander
Pat Alexander
1718405710
The most thorough AC check up I have EVER had in the 18 years I have owned my house. And I get AC and furnace check up done EVERY year.
Ileana Essig
Ileana Essig
1718398249
Ethan was friendly and very informative. When he arrived, I made it clear that I was not interested in additional services, just the tuneup/inspection of my HVAC system. He went over the results and answered my questions with thorough explanations without trying to upsell me via a list of ’recommendations’, which I sincerely appreciated.
Richard Pierson
Richard Pierson
1718388233
Michael Brandt
Michael Brandt
1718382329
Nick and Marcus were knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. Great service call.
Nathan McCauley
Nathan McCauley
1718325023
Ethan did a great job servicing our A/C unit and went above and beyond the call of duty by removing the mice that had taken up residence in the unit.Thank you.
LA Paul
LA Paul
1718317846
Nicholas and Marcus went over everything in detail and explained what should be prioritized. Even tolerated the cat that wanted to supervise their work. Great employees for Aquarius, always responsive and professional. Ended up scheduling another appointment for some electrical repair. Great company to work with.
John Stiehl
John Stiehl
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Anson MacFarlane
Anson MacFarlane
1718314204
Great service!
Joel DeMarais
Joel DeMarais
1718222835
Completely satisfied with the work Chris, Nick and Matt did installing a new Furnace and A/C system. They were very thorough, courteous and professional!
Ted ALLISON
Ted ALLISON
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Raymond Cruz
Raymond Cruz
1718192723
RayVery satisfied and impressed!Thanks to Travis, David, Adam & EricFriendly, professional and knowledgeableThey arrived explained what was going to happen and kept me updated on the process.Answered my many questions.As they finished cleaning everything up. They again insured that I had no other questions before leaving.GREAT JOB!!
Patty George
Patty George
1718150859
Brandon was great! He gave great advice, had attention to details, was helpful and trustworthy. I love that I can be in a service program with Aquarius to help me remember the updates and cleanings during the year, especially when I have too many things to remember to do. ☺️
Bryce Chu
Bryce Chu
1718148665
Nick and his partner were incredibly thorough in their inspection of my AC and furnace unit. They clearly pointed out areas of concern as well as what working properly both inside and outside. They presented clear options for repair or intervention. I felt was given all the information I needed and had all my questions answered in simple direct language that most laymen unfamiliar with jargon could understand. Highly recommend.
Dale and Carol Tilden
Dale and Carol Tilden
1718131763
Aquarius takes excellent care of my water softening and heating as well as my furnace and air conditioning systems. Also just had a new electric panel installed (needed updating).
Debra Klejeski
Debra Klejeski
1718055650
Jon answered our questions and explained everything on the checklist. He was very professional and courteous!
Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson
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Wally Lee
Wally Lee
1718044949
Brandon did a great job for us with our A/C general maintenance check. Very knowledgeable, and was professional and efficient.
Joe Capistrant
Joe Capistrant
1718042522
Nate is wonderful. Knows his stuff. Resolved a troublesome problem. Very pleasant, enjoyable fellow.
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
1718034743
Brandon was exceptional. Professional. Knowledgeable. Efficient. Kind. Caring. Remembers the client from previous visits. An excellent example of what Customer Service should be to keep customers coming back.
Gary Smith
Gary Smith
1718030176
Excellent technician. Nick is an outstanding young man and very knowledgeable. I felt like he was giving me an honest assessment of my system.
mary bond
mary bond
1717801266
Our water heater went out on Fri evening. We called Aquarius early Sat morning and they said earliest they could get out was Mon. On Sun I received a text confirming our Mon appointment but on Mon morning they called and said the earliest they could get to us was the following week !We should be without hot water till then ? We are not a new customer…. 5 months previously we had a new furnace and air conditioner installed at quite an expense. I am appalled at their service or rather lack there of ! As an established customer they felt waiting approximately 10days without water was acceptable Bad, Bad, Bad !Two weeks later…The air conditioner Aquarius installed in Dec failed to cool when we turned it on on our 1st warm days. After the poor experience I had had with them I didn’t want to deal with them again but since it was under warranty I had to. We were told we would have a technician out Wed morning. After waiting at home all day they called and canceled at 4pm. We were rescheduled for Fri morning. We had several calls during the day with updates At 5:22 pm we received a cal the tech would be here at 6pm. We cancelled our dinner reservation and are awaiting his arrival.I realize our air conditioning is not an emergency but we have spent 2days waiting for our scheduled service. This is in addition to the 10days they wanted us to wait for a new water heater(which I do think is an emergency) I feel bad for the tech who I’m sure has had a long day and must now come at 6 on a Fri evening. Once again I repeat Aquarius has failed us again !!
Todd Schull
Todd Schull
1717795955
Riley was the tech that performed our membership maintenance check-up. He did an outstanding job explaining what was included in the maintenance check-up. After his inspection, he was very detailed, using pictures, to help describe what he found and he made recommendations on what should be addressed now and what could wait until our next membership maintenance check-up. He was very thorough doing the repairs, cleaning impeccably both our furnace and air conditioner. We are going to request Riley for all our member maintenance check-ups going forward.
Gary Winkel
Gary Winkel
1717786300
John Keller
John Keller
1717778469
Gordy replaced my lawn faucet once it was clear that it could not be repaired. He explained the problem and the process to fix it in a clear and professional manner. The cost were what I expected for such a job.
Robert McDivitt
Robert McDivitt
1717771730
Great service from Ethan. Very helpful and professional.
Frank Potocnik
Frank Potocnik
1717721504
Service Tech Nick was great. Thank you
Anthony Mielzarek
Anthony Mielzarek
1717713912
Riley is always a professional when coming to the house for HVAC services. He is always a pleasure to deal with! Even my dogs like him!
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