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The Truths Behind Heat Pump and Furnace Myths


When temperatures start to drop as winter grows closer, homeowners begin to rely on their heating system to make their homes warmer. Unfortunately, certain myths make it difficult for homeowners to determine which is the best system for their home. In this post, trusted HVAC replacement contractor John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. discusses the myths behind heat pumps and furnaces, along with the accompanying truths.

Myth: A gas furnace is the best choice for home heating.

Truth: A gas furnace isn’t always the best heating option.

In some areas, there are homeowners that don’t have gas lines connected to their homes, so clearly installing a gas furnace isn’t always possible. Furthermore, if the gas furnace isn’t correctly installed, monitored and inspected, it can produce extreme heat and carbon monoxide that can be harmful to anyone inside the house. Homeowners in areas with milder winters should choose heat pumps instead. They’re cost-effective in terms of energy usage, and their performance is incomparable in areas with milder winter weather.

Myth: Air conditioners and heat pumps are exactly the same

Truth: While the mechanisms may be similar, there are still differences between ACs and heat pumps.

In order for a house to have cooler temperatures, the air conditioner collects the hot air inside the house and converts it into cool air. To heat a home, heat pumps collect warm air from the outside and move it inside the house. For a better understanding regarding this matter, it’s best to contact a trusted contractor that offers air conditioner installation.

Myth: Heat pumps and gas furnaces can be used in any home.

Truth: Heat pumps and gas furnaces work best in specific climates.

Their purpose is to heat your home, but for heat pumps and gas furnaces to achieve optimal performance, you should choose the right system based on where you’re located. If you’re in an area with milder winters, a heat pump is the right heating system for you. Regions with colder winters should opt for gas furnaces.

Now that you’ve learned the underlying truths about common myths regarding heat pumps and gas furnaces, it’ll be easier for you to find the perfect heating system for your home. If you’re looking for a residential or commercial HVAC repair contractor, turn to John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. With our proven experience in the field, your HVAC needs will be attended to quickly and professionally. Give us a call at 760-276-6690 or fill out our contact form for a consultation.