Furnace Or Heat Pump, Which Is Better?

When your home isn’t warming up, you know that something isn’t right with your HVAC unit. This problem can lead to some pricey heating repair projects in order to get your unit back up and running. One of the most common replacements that people have to make is upgrading, or merely replacing their heating system. The specialists at North Central Florida Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. know that this can be expensive, but in all reality, it’s an investment. The system that you choose will have a direct effect on your home and it’s energy budget, so here are some things to take into consideration when you’re faced with this issue.

The top two choices are going to be furnaces and heat pumps. These are the most frequently used heating systems in homes, and are both extremely effective. The main difference is that both systems play different roles in a home’s efficiency. These differences all derive from where you live, your lifestyle, and what type of home the system will be working in.

Fuel & Power

These two systems run differently. A furnace will run off of propane, fuel oil or natural gas, while a heat pump is powered through electricity. This bit of information should help you narrow down which is better by noting whether you live in an area where fuel, propane and natural gas are plentiful, or whether you live in a rural area that will require electricity.


Per usual, the climate of your home will determine which is a better option. Furnaces are intended to work regardless of the temperature, so they are usually the go-to for cooler states like Montana and Colorado. Heat pumps tend to lose their efficiency once temperatures drop or go below zero, which isn’t a very common problem here in Florida.

These are the two primary factors that you need to take into consideration when you are faced with the issue of deciding between a furnace and a heat pump. If you’re still not sure after reading all of this information, the experts at North Central Florida Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. would be more than happy to make a recommendation. Call our office with any questions that you have!

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