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Heat Pump, Furnace or Hybrid: Which One Would Your Home Benefit From?

Deciding what kind of heating source would work best for your home depends a lot on what you’re willing to spend, and exactly how warm you’d like your home to be in the winter. The three options typically available to homeowners include a heat pump, furnace, or a hybrid — all of which have their own pros and cons.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump may be a good fit for some Raleigh homes, especially if you’re interested in getting the most energy efficient system. The vast majority of the time, a heat pump will be able to work without any problem in the winter, allowing you to keep your house comfortable with a relatively small amount of energy. When it hits freezing or below, you may see a lack of performance in a heat pump. For this reason, many homeowners go with a hybrid system.


A furnace can heat your home to the temperature that you want no matter how cold it gets outside. You’ll never have to worry about it getting too cool in your home overnight since a furnace generates its own heat from a fuel source. The main drawback is that this is the most inefficient method of heating, leaving you with a higher energy bill.

Hybrid Heating System

Most homes would do best with a hybrid system, using the heat pump most of the time and the furnace only when it gets very cold outside. It’s energy efficient and keeps your home at the temperature you want, but the initial setup can cost more.

For more information about the benefits of a heat pump, furnace or a hybrid heating system for your Raleigh area home, talk to the professionals at Air Experts.

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