The Differences Between Heat Pumps And Traditional Forced Air HVAC Systems

Posted on: 14 October 2019

Are you looking for a way to control the temperature of your home, and are deciding between a heat pump and a combination of a furnace and air conditioner? If so, it will help to know the differences between these two so that you can make an informed decision. 

Summer Usage

The first thing to understand is how a heat pump and air conditioner work in the summer. The truth is that they are practically identical. Both systems work by removing the heat from inside your home to chill the air, and then transferring that heat to the outside of your home. HVAC systems cannot create cold air, only remove heat, which is why they both work in the same way.

Winter Usage

The main differences between these two units is how they work in the winter time. Central air conditioning clearly does not serve a purpose in the winter, so you will need a furnace to provide heat in the winter. Meanwhile, a heat pump can be used for both heating and cooling. The heat pump extracts the heat from outside your home and moves it inside. The blower fan then distributes the heat throughout your home to make it feel comfortable. Even though it may feel cold outside, there is still heat that can be used to make your home warm.

Energy Source

When trying to decide if a heat pump or central air conditioning will be the better option, you must consider the cost of fuel in your area and what will save you more over the long run. If your cost for electricity is low, a heat pump will be the best possible option since it uses electricity in a very efficient way. However, a natural gas furnace may be better for your warm weather in the winter if natural gas costs are very low.

Initial Cost

You also must consider your initial costs for installing either system. A heat pump is going to be more affordable, since you only need a single system for your heating and cooling needs. A traditional forced air system requires two systems, and requires utility lines for electricity and gas to be run to both of them. This can make the initial installation cost for a traditional forced air system much more expensive.

Speak with a local HVAC technician for more information about each option. They can provide you with insight about what will work best for you home.


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