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Choosing the right HVAC system for your Athens, GA, home is crucial. Failure to do so can decrease your energy efficiency and compromise your home comfort. This guide will explain the major differences between the two heating systems you can choose from: furnaces and heat pumps.

Heat Production

Furnaces use electricity, oil, or natural gas to generate heat and send warm air throughout your home. On the other hand, heat pumps use refrigerant and electricity to transmit heat from the outside air to your home’s interior. When it’s hot outside, heat pumps can work in reverse to remove warm air from your home’s interior and send it outside, cooling it down in the process.

Efficiency

Energy.gov notes that thanks to technology, modern electric furnaces have an impressive efficiency rate of 95% to 100%. This means that only a small percentage of the electricity is not converted to heat.

And since heat pumps use electricity to move heat, you can use two electric energy units to transfer six heat energy units. However, for heat pumps to be efficient during the cold season, you must integrate them with an efficient backup heat source.

Which Is the Ideal Choice?

If you have easy access to natural gas such as propane, a traditional furnace may be your go-to heating system. Furthermore, it would also make sense if you don’t want to add a backup heat source or an air conditioner.

However, if you have no access to natural or LP gas, a heat pump would be the better choice for you. Although electric energy is expensive compared to natural gas, the efficiency of heat pumps can help you save money, and it would be a cost-effective way to replace your AC system.

If you want help to pick the right heat pump or furnace for your home, contact the HVAC professionals at Kovack Mechanical, Inc. We have experienced specialists who can help you make the best decision for your household and budget.

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