Why Heat Pumps are Better Than Furnaces
Chances are you’ve always used a furnace to heat your home. But perhaps you’re one of the many homeowners who have upgraded to a heat pump and never looked back. While furnaces have their advantages, heat pumps are better HVAC systems. Read on to learn why you should consider a heat pump for your next heating installation in Kerrville, TX.
Higher Heating Efficiency Ratings
Furnaces contain an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. AFUE measures combustion efficiency. It’s a ratio of nominal energy output relative to how much fuel the furnace consumes. For example, an 85 AFUE furnace delivers 85% of the fuel it burns in usable heat while exhausting 15% as wasted gas. Today’s furnaces have AFUE ratings as high as 98.
Heat pumps contain a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. HSPF calculates a heat pump’s efficiency in heating mode by dividing the total seasonal BTU output by the energy consumed in the same period. Heat pumps can transfer 300% more energy than they consume, compared to a high-efficiency gas furnace’s 98% rating.
Safer to Operate
Combustion-based furnaces burn gas or oil to heat homes. As a result, they can leak carbon monoxide when not operating properly, which is dangerous to human health. Heat pumps use electricity and are safer to run.
Offer Cooling Capabilities
Unlike a furnace, a heat pump offers cooling capabilities like an air conditioner. As an all-in-one heating and cooling solution, a heat pump is easier to maintain. Most heat pumps today have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating as high as the best air conditioners on the market. Investing in a heat pump installation is a smart choice.
Do you want to learn more about heat pumps and their benefits? Contact Five Cross Services LLC to get started. We can help you size and install the most energy-efficient heating system for your budget and needs.
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