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15 Sep 2020

Heating Energy Efficiency: Furnaces VS Heat Pumps

While winter temperatures in the Northern California are on the mild side, it can still be quite costly to heat your home. Replacing your existing system with something newer and more energy efficient is one way to reduce your monthly heating costs, while also improving indoor air quality and overall comfort.

Below is some important information put together by your Sacramento-area heating repair experts regarding the energy efficiency of two common types of home heating systems: furnaces and heat pumps.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is energy efficiency?

Energy efficiency refers to the amount of energy that is required to operate your heating system. While your system has a maximum efficiency measure, there are a number of other things that could affect its efficiency. Dirty filters, unmaintained systems, and even age can affect the operation and efficiency of your system, therefore costing you more than is necessary in heating costs. Expend less energy, and save money on your monthly utility bills.

Furnace Efficiency

Furnace efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). This measure is expressed as a percentage. Gas fired furnaces tend to have higher AFUE than oil fired furnaces. Fuel availabilities in your area may affect your decision when choosing between a gas or oil furnace. High quality furnaces of today have efficiencies ranging from 82.7-96.7% AFUE, which is likely significantly higher than the efficiency of your existing system.

Heat Pump Efficiency

Heat pump efficiency is measured by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). A higher HSPF indicates a higher level of efficiency. Heat pumps tend to be a more energy efficient option than furnaces, and add the extra benefit of performing cooling functions in the summer. We offer a number of highly efficient heat pumps with 9.2 HSPF at the highest.

Which system is a better fit? If you are thinking about replacing your existing heating system, it is recommended that you contact your Sacramento-area heating repair company for personalized, expert advice. Call Clarke and Rush today to schedule an installation estimate at your convenience!

5 thoughts on “Heating Energy Efficiency: Furnaces VS Heat Pumps”

  1. Under ideal conditions, a heat pump can transfer 300 percent more energy than it consumes. In contrast, a high-efficiency gas furnace is about 95 percent efficient. Heat pumps are powered by electricity, so you can save substantially on fuel consumption.

  2. Heat pumps are more versatile in creating indoor comfort—they provide heat in winter and can also act as air conditioners in summer. This means people in warmer climates can heat and cool their home using just a heat pump. On the other hand, furnaces only provide heat, so a separate air conditioning unit is required to cool your home in warmer months. While both products have different purposes, some climates allow for a furnace to be installed with a heat pump, known as a dual fuel system Heating and Cooling – Dual fuel heating system, which can offer greater savings. With two heat sources, the system will gauge the outdoor temperature to determine the most efficient option to heat your home.

  3. Unlike furnaces, heat pumps don’t use fuel sources or generate heat. Instead, they rely on electricity and refrigerant to extract heat from the outdoor air and blow it into the home. What’s more, a heat pump can also work in reverse in the summer to extract warm air out of your home to cool it down.

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