How to Decide Between a Heat Pump or Furnace.

How to Decide Between a Heat Pump or Furnace.

  • January 20, 2016

The right heating and cooling equipment can lower your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable. Here’s some information that will help you select the ideal heating system for your home.

 

A Case for a Heat Pump

One of the benefits of living in northern Texas is the mild climate. If you’ve moved here from a colder area, you will appreciate the lower heating costs that heat pumps provide. They offer the same benefits of central air conditioning in the summer, but their efficiency really shines in the winter. These systems don’t require fuel, so you can take full advantage of our state’s low electricity rates.

The only drawback is that the backup heat source increases energy use when temperatures drop below freezing. In the Sherman–Denison area, this means that your electric bills will be slightly higher from December through February.

 

Facts about Furnaces

Heat pumps and Energy Star gas furnaces cost about the same to run. However, furnaces that use propane or oil may very well increase your heating bills. If you don’t have access to natural gas, heat pumps are the best option.

Another benefit of heat pumps is that one unit is used throughout the year. With a furnace, you’ll need to purchase a separate air conditioning compressor, which will increase the initial cost.

 

Other HVAC Systems

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Heat pumps and furnaces can be used in homes with existing air ducts. If your home doesn’t have air ducts, you can enjoy maximum efficiency with a ductless heat pump. Hybrid heat pumps are also available if you want to combine the low cost of electricity with the efficiency of gas.

To learn more about the benefits of furnaces and heat pumps, call Webb’s Electric Heating & Air Conditioning at 903-200-4584. Our experts will be glad to assess your home and discuss your options.