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Should You Replace Your Furnace With a Heat Pump?

A furnace with water pumps

It’s good to have a furnace to keep your home warm and cozy during the colder months. However, when it reaches the end of its serviceable life and must be replaced, you’ll probably be thinking about what type of heating system to invest in next. Sticking to a furnace—a new one, of course—makes sense, but switching to a heat pump may also be worth considering.

Both options accomplish the same goal of heating your home, but each one does it differently. Shackelford Heating & Cooling, one of the leading heating and air conditioning contractors in the area, breaks down each option here.

Why Choose the Furnace

A furnace burns fuel, be it natural gas or oil, to generate warm air before distributing it throughout your house. It has four main parts: burners, heat exchangers, a blower and a flue that serves as the exhaust. It’s usually less expensive than a heat pump, but it really depends on the size of the unit and the features included.

Residential heating service providers recommend furnaces for homeowners living in colder climates with temperatures that drop below freezing. They provide the perfect temperatures necessary for indoor warmth and comfort when it’s blistering cold outside. They also have few moving parts, which means repairs and maintenance are less labor-intensive.

Why Choose the Heat Pump

A heat pump utilizes electricity to pull warm air from the outdoors and transfer it inside. The great thing about this type of unit is that it can also work as an air conditioner during the summer. In this mode, the unit takes the warm air from inside your house and transfers it outdoors.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of an energy-efficient home, the heat pump is your best choice. It will allow you to enjoy indoor warmth and comfort while contributing to lower energy bills during the colder months. In addition, since it uses electricity, you won’t have to deal with the dangers of carbon monoxide fumes that a furnace can sometimes give off.

To help you make the right decision on which heating system to choose, turn to Shackelford Heating & Cooling. We provide residential air conditioning service, as well as heating installation and repair. Call us today at (608) 530-0667 or fill out our contact form.


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