For heating in Savannah, GA during our mild but unpredictable weather, furnaces and heat pumps are two of the most popular options. Furnaces have a long history, and chances are good that you’ve spent much of your life, from childhood through adulthood, with a furnace keeping you warm. Heat pumps are newer devices (although they also have a good bit of history behind them) that have moved from the world of commercial use and into homes during the last fifty years. For this upcoming Savannah heating season, which one will provide you the most effective and efficient performance?
There is no standard answer to that question, because excellent home heating requires balancing many factors, starting with a home’s size and its insulation. What we can do for you here is provide the basic pros and cons of both systems to give you a start in thinking about the direction you want to go for warming your house this winter.
When you need expert guidance—and you will when you see how many options you have—contact AAction Air.
Furnaces have run on the principle of burning fuel to heat air since their creation. Modern home furnaces rely on electricity, natural gas, or propane, with natural gas being the most popular option because of its relatively lower cost than other fuels. Furnaces are flexible; you can find one to fit most homes. If you already have a furnace in your house that you want to replace, a second furnace can be installed with few problems. Older furnace models often had poor energy efficiency, but newer ones score high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings that make them competitive for energy savings.
As a general concept, “heat pump” means any device that removes heat from one location and releases it to another. When used in the modern HVAC world, the term refers to a comfort system that combines a heater and air conditioner: it can reverse the flow of heat exchange to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. This is the heat pump’s biggest advantage, a two-in-one comfort deal. Heat pumps don’t have to rely on burning fuel and they run entirely on electricity. But they have the drawback of working less effectively as heaters than as air conditioners. Considering the mild winter climate in Savannah, this is rarely a problem.
Getting a new heating system installed should start with a trained technician performing a heat load calculation on your home to arrive at specific idea of what type and size of heating system will do the best job for you. Whether a heat pump or a furnace ends up as your No. 1 choice, you can count on superb installation from AAction Air. Call us today!