When it comes to providing home heating to Salt Lake City, UT, we handle many different types of heating systems. The furnace is the most popular type; in fact, natural gas furnaces are the most commonly found heating system in households throughout the country. But just because the furnace is the most widespread doesn’t mean it’s automatically Choice #1.
One type of alternate heating system we often install for our valued customers is the heat pump. Today, we’re going to take a close look at whether a heat pump or a furnace is the ideal choice for your home. But please make sure you work with our technicians to make the final choice, since they can give you a better estimate on the right type of heater to meet your needs.
The Furnace Benefits and Drawbacks
A furnace is a flexible choice for home heating because they come in so many different models and can use a range of energy sources. There’s almost always a furnace to fit a home. The two common furnace types in Salt Lake City are the gas furnace and the electric furnaces. For homes that have natural gas connections, the gas furnace is often an excellent option. A gas furnace puts out high amounts of heat—more than other heating systems—and can help drafty houses. Gas is a less costly energy source than electricity, so gas furnaces can cut down on annual winter utility bills.
However, gas furnaces can cause homeowners to have concerns about safety. These systems aren’t inherently dangerous, but they do carry risks of carbon monoxide leaks and combustion hazards if poorly looked after. (Regular maintenance will help keep a furnace working at peak safety.) Electric furnaces, although available for any home, can run up steep bills due to their large consumption of electrical power.
The Heat Pump Benefits and Drawbacks
The big benefit to know about heat pumps, if you didn’t know it already, is they operate as both heaters and air conditioners. If you’re considering a full HVAC system upgrade, a heat pump will take care of both your heating and AC at the same time.
A heat pump is one of the best choices for an all-electric household. Compared to an electric furnace, a heat pump uses much less power. This is because heat pumps don’t generate heat at all; they move heat from outside to the inside, which consumes far less electricity. Heat pumps are also very safe—their outside cabinet doesn’t even warm up in heating mode.
A heat pump can run into energy efficiency issues during extremely cold weather, so they aren’t always suited to every home. A heat pump is also not a cost-effective choice if you are not planning to also replace your current air conditioning system along with your current heater. A heat pump must be used for both heating and cooling in order to be worth the investment.