Choosing the Right System for Your Home

Just as homes can come in a variety of designs and sizes, so too do HVAC systems. That’s why it’s important to know your options when it comes to choosing the heating or cooling system to fit your   individual situation.

Many homes in the Virginia Peninsula rely on furnaces to heat their homes throughout the depths of the winter season. Though they may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, there can be little doubt that a home furnace is one of the most dependable ways of keeping your family warm regardless of the temperature outside.

What is a Furnace?

A furnace is a home heating appliance that utilizes a fuel source of some type to generate heat, which it then circulates throughout your house.  The term “furnace” actually derives from the Greek word fornax, meaning oven. Though there are many types of furnaces available today—including gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and electric furnaces—they all essentially function the same way.

What are the Benefits of a Furnace?

Furnaces typically offer two major advantages over heat pumps:

  • Reliability – A properly functioning furnace will heat your home regardless of the exterior temperature. Unlike a heat pump which must draw heat in from another source, furnaces produce their own heat via the consumption of fuel. This reliability is one of the reasons furnaces continue to be a popular option in many parts of the United States.
  • Cost Savings – Another major benefit of a furnace is that it is typically less expensive to install than a heat pump, not including any necessary ductwork.

How Do I Choose What’s Right for Me?

The two major concerns when deciding between a heat pump and a furnace are fuel costs and availability, as well as the average winter temperature in your area. Fuel prices and availability may vary greatly depending on where your home is located. This means you should always check your local availability for the fuel in question when making a purchase decision.

Second, as heat pumps rely on drawing in heat from the outside air, some single and multistage units may not function as well in extremely cold temperatures. Though most heat pumps are also fitted with supplemental heat sources to make up for their cold weather shortcomings, a quality high efficiency furnace can still be a low-cost, reliable option for Virginia homeowners.

When properly maintained, a quality furnace should help keep your home warm and cozy for years to come. However, if your system ever does have a problem, A/C Master’s professionally trained and certified technicians are here to help.

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