What Is the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?

What Is the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?

In Florida, we’re lucky enough to have beautiful weather all year round. So it’s no wonder we don’t worry about the best way to keep our homes warm. But as we get closer and closer to winter, it is important to remember that Florida does have its chilly moments. If your home isn’t ready, you may be left in the cold.

Most Floridians don’t know the first thing about trying to warm their homes and that’s when they are left scratching their heads and wondering, “should I get a heat pump or a furnace?”

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is installed outside, just like an AC outdoor condenser unit. It works by using a small amount of energy to transfer heat from one location to another. The heat is pulled from the outside and brought inside to warm your home.

The really great thing about heat pumps is they can have more than one function. While the name “heat pump” may suggested they only warm up your home, they can also keep it cool. The heat pump does this by working in reverse. It can take the hot air out of your home and transfer it outside. This is one of the advantages of a heat pump. It can be your home’s one device for both heating and cooling.

What is a Furnace?

Unlike a heat pump, a furnace works hand in hand with your air conditioning system. It is located inside a home (usually in the basement) and produces warm air for your house. A furnace works by relying on gas burners. The flames from the burners heat up a series of metal tubes know as the heat exchangers. The warm air created by these heat exchangers is blown throughout ductwork to heat your home.

Which One Is Better for My Home?

Both furnaces and heat pumps have their advantages. However, when it comes to Florida homes, you should really be getting a heat pump. A furnace’s main purpose is to heat your home, and they work really well in cold temperatures. However, if you live in an area that has temperatures that rarely dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a heat pump is the way to go. It has a dual purpose, so it won’t be sitting unused most the year and it is perfect for those rare but chilly days in Florida.

At Engineered Air, we are proud to offer top of the line Carrier® heat pumps, which are guaranteed to keep your home the perfect temperature all year round. Contact Engineered Air today and discover how a Carrier® heat pump will maximize your home’s comfort!