Heat pumps and gas furnaces work in different ways, and each heating system has its own pros and cons. If you’re planning to replace your heating system, then you need to know the facts about both of these options. In today’s article, Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning, the top expert in indoor air quality, HVAC services and ductwork in our area, explains what you need to know about heat pumps and gas furnaces
Heat Pumps vs. Gas Furnaces
A furnace, which burns fuel and distributes heat throughout the house, and consists of four components: burners that deliver and burn fuel, a blower, heat exchangers and a flue that acts as an exhaust. A heat pump uses outside air to heat a home in the winter and cool it in the summer, making it more flexible than a furnace. A heat pump moves warm air to where it’s needed–or from where it’s not needed–depending on the season.
A gas furnace is more affordable to install than a heat pump, but a heat pump is more energy efficient. Heat pumps also don’t have any gas emissions. Gas furnaces burn fuel instead of collecting heat from the outside, so furnaces can generate heat even if it’s an incredibly cold day. Heat pumps have supplemental systems to deal with this problem, but these systems consume a lot of energy. As an experienced HVAC company, Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning offers and installs both furnaces and heat pumps.
Which System Is Right for You?
Heat pumps are a better option for homeowners who live in milder climates because they don’t require the amount of heat a gas furnace can produce. Heat pumps are also good for homeowners who want an all-in-one solution for their heating and cooling needs. Under ideal conditions, heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient, and they don’t produce any harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
You can rely on us for all of your furnace repair, replacement and maintenance needs. Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning has been in business since 1999, and our HVAC technicians have decades of experience in the industry. Our focus is on building long-term relationships with our customers because we want to be the HVAC company you can trust and count on. We serve many areas, including San Jose. Call us at (408) 899-8878 to learn more about our products and services or to ask for an appointment.