Heating Replacement: The Choice between a Furnace and a Heat Pump
If you are looking forward to having your heating system replaced this winter, you should weigh all the available options so as to get the right heating replacement Baton Rouge system, in accordance to your heating requirements. Currently, there are many types of HVAC systems in the market. This makes it hard for homeowners to choose the right heating and cooling replacement option for their homes. If you do not know how to go about it, you should seek advice from the experienced heating installation and repair experts, such as the ones we have at Baton Rouge Air Conditioning and Heating.
For the many years we have been in this business, we have installed and repaired almost all the available HVAC system types. As such, we know the benefits and weaknesses of each of those systems. When having your heating and cooling system replaced, you may need to look into the furnace and heat pump heating options. As such, we will review the various aspects of the two systems to help you make a wise choice when shopping for an HVAC system for your home.
Level of Efficiency
The heat pump and furnace heating options have comparatively different levels of efficiency; heat pumps are more efficient on energy. The efficiency level of furnaces is expressed in form of AFUE, which is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of the unit. In other words, this rating indicates how efficient the furnace is at converting the fuel to heat energy. In this regard, we recommend furnaces with AFUE ratings of more than 90.
The heating efficiency of heat pumps, on the other hand, is expressed in Heating Seasonal Performance Factor of the unit, commonly abbreviated as HSPF. For a more efficient heat pump system, you should buy one with a rating of 9.35 and above. Since these units may also be used to cool the house during the summer, they will also have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating (the SEER rating).
Furnaces and heat pumps do not always use the same source of energy; furnaces may run on electricity, heating oil or natural gas. Heat pumps solely run on electricity. As such, heat pumps are considered to be a lower-risk option, with regards to creating fire and explosion hazards. Again using furnaces in your home poses the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is not the case with heat pumps. In this case, we would advise you to get a heat pump as your heating replacement Baton Rouge option.
Cost of the Equipment
When shopping for a replacement heating option for your home, you will also need to consider the upfront cost. In this regard, heat pumps are considered to be more affordable, as compared to furnaces. As such, opting for the heat pumps can save you some money in purchase costs.
In addition to offering you expert advice on the ideal heating option for your home, we will also offer professional and reliable installation, repair and maintenance services for your HVAC system. For experienced, qualified and certified heating replacement Baton Rouge professionals, call us today on 225-424-1111.