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Furnace v.s. Heat Pump: What Team are You On?

furnaces-and-heat-pumpsThe debate of furnace vs. heat pump has been around for a while, and gets reignited before every winter among property owners who want to install a new heating system. If you don’t know which team you are on and can’t decide on the right option for your property, continue reading this piece.

This post will give you a quick comparative overview of furnaces and heat pumps.


Let’s look at both sides of using a furnace.

Upsides of Using a Furnace

Provides Sufficient Heating for Even Extreme Winters

If you live in a region where subzero temperatures are common during winter, you will need the robust heating of a furnace. Unlike heat pumps, furnaces use electricity or gas combustion to produce heat instead of redirecting it.

Less Maintenance, Long-Lasting

A good furnace unit has an operating life of around two decades. You can also extend this operating life by having your unit regularly tuned up by seasoned technicians of furnaces in Westport, CT.

Downsides of Using a Furnace

Not as Energy-Efficient

Furnaces are not the most energy-efficient appliances on the block. Whether it is a gas or electric furnace, generating new heat will never be as efficient as transferring existing heat. Therefore, the use of a furnace entails higher energy bills and carbon footprint.

Dry Air

The hot air coming out of the furnace is dry, which might not be suitable for people with sensitive skin living in a region with an already dry winter season.

Heat Pump

Let’s look at both sides of using a heat pump.

Upsides of Using a Heat Pump

Energy Efficient

Since heat pumps only transfer heat instead of generating it, they are intrinsically more energy-efficient than furnaces.

Easy Installation and Silent Operation

Heat pumps are also easy to install and make less noise throughout their operational run during winter.


A heat pump is a versatile home appliance that can serve you all year round. The same heat pump can be used as an air conditioner in summers.

Better Air Quality

Top-quality heat pumps blow warm air with a balanced moisture content that doesn’t lead to skin dryness and irritation.

Less Hazardous

Heat pumps don’t produce carbon monoxide and thus, there are no chances of a hazardous gas leak.

Downsides of Using a Heat Pump

Not Meant for Extreme Winter Temperatures

The most significant downside of heat pumps is they don’t offer the required heating during extreme winter temperatures. Since they rely on outside air to run their heating cycle, extreme temperatures usually render them less efficient, as they rely more on electric resistance for heat.

Final Verdict

In truth, the final verdict is really just that there is no single perfect heating system. By weighing your options carefully and working with professionals, though, you can find the system that’s perfect for you!

We hope that the above comparative discussion helps you pick your side between these two heating appliances for your particular winter use. Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can help you with both furnace and heat pump installation and service.

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