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Why You Should Install a Heat Pump Instead of a New Furnace

If it’s time to upgrade your heating system, you may be thinking about going with a furnace. But there are many times that a heat pump is actually a better option than a furnace. You just have to know what to look for in a heat pump.

If you are interested in heat pump installation in Wayne, PA, give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment. We can talk to you about your options and help you decide between a heat pump and a furnace. You can also keep reading to learn more about the unique benefits of a heat pump and what type of heat pump is best for our area.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

A heat pump offers a variety of benefits. The heat pump operates as both an air conditioner and a heater, so you can replace both your air conditioner and heater with a single system. This is a great way to save space. You’re also saving some money over having to install two separate systems as they age and need to be replaced.

Plus, heat pumps are often more energy efficient, especially when it comes to heating. More traditional furnaces have to create heat using heating elements or an igniter. A heat pump is transferring heat energy from outside into your home, so it may lower your monthly energy costs. 

Of course, you do want to consider that a heat pump may struggle to keep your home as warm as you would like on the coldest days of winter. With this in mind, you just want to make sure that you invest in the right type of heat pump. For example, instead of choosing a standard model, you want to look at a cold-weather heat pump or a dual-fuel system.

Downsides to a Furnace

Furnaces pose more safety risks than a heat pump does. The furnace either uses combustion, which requires gas and an open flame, or it has heating elements that get extremely hot to warm up the air. Both of these processes pose additional risks for your home.

But it is important to remember that as long as you are keeping up with both homeowner and professional maintenance and monitoring furnace use, these units are still considered very safe for homes. We do encourage you to have carbon monoxide detectors if you have gas lines present at all and smoke detectors in your home, no matter what.

And speaking of maintenance, furnaces require more maintenance steps compared to a heat pump. With a furnace, you have to be diligent about wiping down the inside of the system, especially if there is a flame. Dust and dirt can very easily interfere with the heating process. When you schedule professional maintenance, there are also more steps that our team has to complete with your furnace compared to a heat pump.

How to Choose a Heat Pump

We already mentioned that you should consider installing a cold-weather heat pump or a dual-fuel model. It is also very important to pay attention to the efficiency ratings of any heat pump you are looking at. A heat pump has one efficiency rating for the unit as an air conditioner and another efficiency rating for the unit as a heater. 

Since we tend to have much colder winters and milder summers, you want to pay more attention to the efficiency rating when it comes to heat. Of course, you don’t have to do all of this alone. Our team is here to help you every step of the way. We can talk to you about your different heat pump options and review the different efficiency ratings so you understand them. Then we can help you select the perfect heat pump for your home and family.

Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been the Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976. Call us for heat pump installation in Wayne, PA.

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