The Difference Between Heat Pumps & Furnaces

December 2, 2020

With the temperatures dropping here in the greater Columbia, SC area, it’s important to have a heating system that is capable of keeping you and your family warm and safe this winter. When interested in buying the perfect heating system for your household needs, it’s important to know your options. In general, there are two popular options – the heat pump and the furnace. To assist in your heating system selection, the Air Necessities Heating & Cooling team is here to help. 

What is a Furnace?

A furnace relies on a fuel source and fan to heat your Columbia, SC home. The fuel source (which is often oil or natural gas) burns in a combustion chamber. The hot air is then forced through your homes ductwork and into your home with a fan. Because furnaces rely on a fuel source to create heat, they blow much warmer air into your home than a heat pump does. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, furnaces are the most popular and common residential heating choice in the country. However here in the south, heat pumps are a bit more popular due to our mild winters. To see what furnaces we carry and install here at Air Necessities Heating & Cooling, check out our furnaces page

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What is a Heat Pump?

Unlike a furnace, heat pumps don’t use fuel to generate heat. In fact, heat pumps don’t generate heat. Instead, they pull heat from the outside air which warms your home more slowly. In addition the heating your home, heat pumps can also be used in reverse in the summertime to work as an air conditioning unit for your Columbia, SC home. Want to learn more about the heat pumps we carry and install here at Air Necessities Heating & Cooling? Check out our heat pumps product page

https://www.airnecessities.net/heat-pumps

If you need help finding the best heating and air conditioning solution for your Columbia, SC home needs, the comfort specialists here at Air Necessities Heating & Cooling can help! Call us today at (803) 784-8514 or fill out our contact form on our website! We are always happy to help our customers find a heating and cooling solution that’s right for them.  

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