Dec 10 2014

In Bellaire, homeowners have a variety of heating options available to them, and two of the most popular are heat pumps and traditional gas furnaces. If you’re comparing heating systems¬†for a new home, or upgrading your existing furnace or heat pump, here is a quick summary of both units that can save you time and money when you are ready.save energy dollars

Furnaces

A furnace burns fuel in the form of gas (and sometimes oil) to produce aflame, which warms the air that circulates through your home. Because fire isn’t a perfect transference of fuel to heat, a furnace can never be 100 percent efficient. Residential furnaces are held to standards by the Department of Energy (DOE), which require them to have efficiencies of 78 percent or above. However, some high-efficiency condensing furnaces can reach up to 98 percent efficiency, meaning that 98 percent of the energy you put into the system will be converted to heat.

Heat Pumps

Rather than producing heat of their own, a heat pump takes heat energy from one location and moves it to another. In the winter, the heat pump draws on environmental heat energy from outside and moves it to the inside of your home. In the summer, you can use the heat pump as an air conditioner by essentially setting it in reverse. It will remove heat from the indoor air and exhaust it outside.

When you’re comparing heating systems, there are a few differences between a furnace and a heat pump to take into consideration. The first difference is that heat pumps are significantly more efficient because they don’t have to create heat. A heat pump can reach nearly a 400 percent efficiency rating. However, the drawback is that a heat pump relies on environmental heat. When temperatures drop below freezing, many heat pumps struggle to extract enough heat to warm your home.

To ask about heating system options in your home, call the friendly, knowledgeable team at Conditioned Air TX. We have been serving Sugar Land, River Oaks and Bellaire, TX, communities since 1956.

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