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Furnace vs. Heat Pump: Which One Is Better?

Which One Is Right for You?

heating system options marylandIf you are building a new home or are looking to replace the heating system in your current home, this is a great time of year to do it!

That’s because you won’t be needing to turn on the heat in your home for another few months. You have the opportunity to take your time and find what’s right for you. And because there isn’t much demand for work on heating equipment this time of year, our trained and experienced service technicians will be able to schedule the installation when it’s convenient for you.

One question you may be asking yourself is if you want a furnace or a heat pump for your home.

What Is the Difference Between a Furnace and a Heat Pump?

A furnace is an air-to-air device that heats your home by burning fuel to heat air then sends the heated air around your home through ductwork.

Heat pumps operate by harnessing heat from the air outside your home (or, in the case of a geothermal heat pump, from the ground) rather than generating heat by combustion as a gas furnace does.
After drawing in outdoor air, your heat pump converts it to a warm vapor that it distributes throughout the house.

What Are the Advantages of a Propane Furnace?

Furnaces work in any weather. But with heat pumps, the colder the outdoor air is, the more difficult it is for your heat pump to heat your home. Eventually, your heat pump can’t draw enough heat to keep your home warm, so it must rely on an auxiliary heating source–usually an electric heating element that is much less efficient than the heat pump itself. That sends your electric bills soaring.

With average winter low temperatures around 30˚ Fahrenheit here in Southern Maryland, your heat pump may not be up to the job of heating your home if we get a cold snap.

Since propane is so clean-burning, its energy efficiency is superior to that of electricity. And with your propane supply right at your home with reliable propane delivery and affordable propane tank leasing from Taylor Gas, your home will stay warm, safe, and comfortable all winter long.

Contact us to get a FREE estimate for adding an energy-efficient propane furnace to your home!