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Heat Pump vs. Furnace

LennoxHave you had to call for home heating repair in Atlanta one too many times? When repair costs start to add up, it’s time to consider heating replacement.

Purchasing a new heating system isn’t something you do every day, and many people find the buying process overwhelming. A question that most people have to answer during their shopping experience is what’s the difference between a furnace and a heat pump.

If you’re in this situation, here are some things you should know about furnaces versus heat pumps.

Efficiency and Power

As you start to look at heating systems, you want to consider power and efficiency. You want a powerful system that will keep you warm during the cooler months, and you want an efficient system that warms you without causing sky-high gas or electric bills.

In colder climates, furnaces do a better job of warming the house for less. The reason for this is that heat pumps draw heat from the outside. This air is transferred into the house. When it’s colder outside, heat pumps have a harder time doing their job efficiently.

In areas like Atlanta, where temperatures don’t get as cold as they do in northern states, a heat pump works as well as a gas or electric furnace. In fact, if you don’t have access to natural gas, a heat pump is an option that gives you the same results.

Installation Costs

When purchasing a new heating system, it’s important to consider the installation costs in addition to the cost of the actual system. For some people, installation costs can make the decision for them. So, which system costs more to install?

Heat pumps have a higher installation cost than regular furnaces. The extra cost is because of the specialty nature of the heat pump. Also, not all heating companies have technicians who know how to install this heating system. Anytime you have a specialty system, you pay a little more for specialty installation.

However, homeowners should take into consideration the overall costs of operating their new heating system. Although heat pumps have higher installation costs, they cost less money to operate. Most people recoup their installation costs in energy savings within a few years of using a heat pump.

Heating and Cooling Options

Have you needed cooling and heating repairs more often? Are you thinking about replacing your air conditioner too? If so, a heat pump is the better option.

Furnaces only produce heat. However, a heat pump can function in reverse. During the winter, heat pumps transfer heat using refrigerant. In warmer months, this action is reversible, and your “heat” pump can actually air condition your home.

What does this mean for you? It means you save money and time because you don’t have to install a brand-new air conditioner too.


Heat Pump and AC OutsideHomeowners also want to consider heating maintenance when installing a new heating system. When compared, heat pumps and furnaces generally have the same level of maintenance. You need to change filters and have an annual tune-up to ensure the best performance.

When you’re ready for new heating installation in Atlanta, work with local professionals who years of experience installing heat pumps and furnaces. For expert advice and second opinions, contact Cool Air Mechanical at (770) 343-4763.

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