Furnace Vs Heat Pump: Which Is Right for Your Home?

furnace vs heat pumpA heater can be a rather broad term that describes any type of home-installed appliance that provides heat. Two primary types of heating appliances compete for your business: It’s furnace vs heat pump. We’ll go through the difference to help you decide which is best for your home.


Many furnaces burn fuel (usually natural gas in modern homes) to create heat. The heat is circulated through air vents to warm individual rooms. Some furnaces operate completely on electricity, including induction furnaces. These create heat through a reaction of electricity against metal.

With a typical gas furnace, you can expect high energy efficiency. Most modern models have a 97% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, meaning that 97% of the gas it consumes is converted into heat.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that work in reverse. Instead of creating heat like a furnace does, it shuttles heat from one location to another. In the winter, heat is moved into the home, whereas in the summer it shuttles away indoor heat and deposits it outside.

While heat pumps tend to be more expensive than a furnace, the unit also works as an AC, so you’re getting a 2-in-1 appliance.

What About a Boiler?

Some people also confuse a boiler with a furnace and heat pump, using all three terms interchangeably. A boiler’s job is to heat the water that enters from the plumbing. Most boilers are located in your basement or garage. Some boiler models are attached to a furnace, which provides the heat source to turn water into steam.

We Install Furnaces and Heat Pumps

Both types of heaters require professional installation. Call Plumbing & Heating Specialist to schedule an appointment. Our special offers include a 10% saving off furnace or heat pump installation for first-time customers.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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