Should I Replace My Furnace With a Heat Pump?
A heat pump can be an effective and efficient component of your heating and cooling system. However, in Missouri, it isn’t sufficient to completely replace your furnace as a stand-alone heating system. That said, there are several reasons to consider a heat pump for your home.
How a Heat Pump Works
The main difference between how a heat pump and a furnace works, is that a heat pump transfers, rather than generates, heat. During cold weather, the pump pulls available heat from the outdoors and moves it indoors. Naturally, this sets limits on how much heat is available for transference. This is the reason you also need a furnace to generate additional heat.
A heat pump also supplements your cooling system. When the weather heats up, your pump moves the hot indoor air outdoors, lowering the temps inside your home. These hybrid systems can save a great deal on energy bills in hot and cold weather.
Advantages of a Heat Pump Installation
While you still need a backup furnace with your heat pump, these appliances offer several benefits over a traditional HVAC set-up.
Neither the heat pump nor your furnace works simultaneously. Instead, each component operates at separate times, complementing one another to deliver the most efficiency for your heating needs.
Heat pumps help with heating and cooling. This helps deliver year-round temperature comfort.
In the Kansas City area, many residents are limited to electric furnaces. The ensuing heating bills can be extremely high. The inclusion of a heat pump can drastically lower these expenses. By transferring heat from the air outside, instead of relying solely on heat generated by your electric furnace, you may lower your electricity usage by up to 50 percent! This delivers considerable savings.
Heat Pump Cons
Not every homeowner will benefit from a heat pump and furnace split system. If you have a gas furnace, newer, technologically advanced energy-efficient furnaces may deliver better efficiency and savings. These newer models will likely last about 5 years longer than a heat pump. It’s also important to weigh the initial expense of purchasing and installing a new furnace versus a heat pump.
If you are considering adding a heat pump or furnace to your home’s heating and cooling set-up, contact Apex Heating and Air Conditioning for guidance and professional installation. Our NATE-certified technicians are knowledgeable and skilled in air conditioner and heat pump split systems, and we can assess your situation to help you make an informed choice. Contact Missouri’s leading heat pump installers to schedule a visit– call (816) 463-9771.