Heat Pump Installation vs Electric Furnace

Heat Pump Installation or Electric Furnace: Which is Better?

It is time to replace your electric furnace.

The old system served the family well and kept everyone warm and safe, but it is now more cost-effective to replace the system than make repairs. During the discussion about a new system, you just learned that you have a choice—an electric system and a heat pump system. The brochures were helpful, but here’s a little more information.

First, there is not a bad choice here. One is not better than the other. Both are effective at heating spaces. The key difference is how a homeowner will use them, so let’s dive in.

Heat Pump Installation: Functional Differences

The major difference between the two systems is how they do their job.

Heat Pump Installation: Cost Difference

Process Efficiency

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) developed rating systems to measure efficiency in HVAC systems.

Maintenance and Longevity

Both types of systems have very similar equipment and functions. Both systems require a large amount of airflow to accomplish the task of heating (and cooling). Maintenance includes thorough cleaning and testing of electrical components. The air filter should be changed regularly—at least every three months. There is no difference in maintenance procedures for either type of system.

The average lifespan for both systems is the same, approximately 15 to 20 years. However, excellent maintenance usually adds five years of useful service to HVAC systems.

Heat Pump Installation Help

Northwind Air Conditioning and Heat can help you with your new heat pump installation and repair needs. Contact us and get the help you need.


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