Furnace Versus Heat Pump and Which One Is Right for You Published on March 01, 2017 It takes a lot to make your home function and there are many decisions to be made. Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here to assist in making one of those decisions an easier one: furnace versus heat pump. First thing first: where do you live? A heat pump and furnace can both provide heat to your home but a heat pump functions best when the typical winter temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, like in Florida or Southern California. If you live in an area with harsh winters or where the typical winter temperature is below 50 degree Fahrenheit, like New York or Montana, a furnace is your best choice. Regardless of where you live, you can always choose a furnace because a furnace will heat your home regardless of the weather conditions outside; however, a heat hump removes heat from the air outside your home, and brings it into your home. This is why when temperatures start dropping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes harder for a heat pump to provide enough heat to your home to keep you warm and cozy. If you happen to live in a place where you could go with either a heat pump or a furnace, there are a couple things to contemplate. Heat pumps are highly energy efficient since they utilize electricity to transfer heat from one area to another and do not actually have to generate heat themselves. They simply transfer heat that already exists from one place to another, such as from outside your home to inside your home. A furnace might sometimes be less costly to install but tends to cost more to operate due to the cost of fuel while heat pumps can be a bigger investment price but cost less over time. Still figuring out which heating system is ideal for you? No sweat! Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating at 519-894-3222 and we’ll come out to go over your options and provide you a free in-home estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!