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Furnaces and heat pumps are two of the most popular home heating options. While both can offer efficient home heating, one option may be better suited for your home.
Furnaces rely on a fuel source such as oil or natural gas to produce heat. Some are powered by electricity.
Heat pumps use electricity and refrigerant to transfer heat from outdoor air to the inside. They can also work in reverse to cool a home.
Some new furnaces are up to 98% efficient, meaning only 2% of fuel isn’t actually generating heat.
Heat pumps can be up to 300% efficient, meaning they need only one unit of electricity to move three units of heat.
A furnace may be a better option if...
you have access to natural gas
you recently installed a new air conditioner
A heat pump may be a better option if…
there are no natural gas lines leading to your home
you need to replace your air conditioner