Furnaces vs. Heat Pumps in North Carolina Homes

Posted on: July 28, 2017

Efficiency! Split systems! SEER! With so many buzz words in the HVAC industry these days, it is tough to know which product is right for your needs. Many Raleigh-Durham residents ask if heat pumps are right for them. Our customers know heat pumps can have a higher up-front cost than a furnace, but can save money in energy costs. So, what’s the right answer?

If you have any specific questions about heating systems or would like to inquire about heat pump or furnace installation in Raleigh and Durham, contact us online now.

Benefits of a Furnace

For many of us, when we think of a furnace, we picture an old, noisy, outdated fixture. However, current furnace models are much more pleasant to look at, as well as more effective. In fact, modern furnaces can be as high as 98% efficient, using almost all of the energy they consume to produce heat. They force air heating with intermediary fluid (usually water-based) that is released into your home.

Furnaces are great for cooler climates, especially those where sub-40-degree temperatures are common. They can run on oil, gas, or electricity, so they can be installed in virtually any home regardless of the energy source. In The Triangle, we install furnaces alongside air conditioners so that your home can stay cool throughout the North Carolina summers as well.

Heat Pump Benefits

Heat pumps are one of the most efficient HVAC products on the market. They are also very environmentally friendly, as they don’t burn fuel to create heat. In the spring and summer, they operate just like a normal air conditioner, using a special refrigerant to remove heat from the indoor air. In the winter, they do the opposite to supply the home with extra heat. They are even equipped to dehumidify your home, which can be particularly useful in our humid southern summers.

Heat pumps can run a bit higher in cost than furnaces, but when you consider that they cover both heating and cooling, the cost isn’t all that different. Heat pumps are well-suited to the Raleigh-Durham area thanks to our warmer winters. We rarely see sub-freezing temperatures, so the concern of a heat pump not having enough heat to pull from the winter air is more or irrelevant. If you are looking to see significant cost savings on your energy bills, a heat pump is the right choice for you.

Heat Pump & Furnace Installation in Raleigh & Durham

We are here to help: we will work with you to determine whether a furnace/air conditioner combo or heat pump is best for your home based on your budget and efficiency needs. We want you and your family to be comfortable in your home all year long. We proudly install heating and cooling systems from Rheem®, Carrier®, and Lennox®.

Contact us today for furnace or heat pump installation in Raleigh & Durham!

 

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