Which is the best: furnaces or heat pumps? Which should you prefer?
Keep in mind the following:
- Air source heat pumps provide both heating and cooling and can be more cost-competitive and efficient than furnaces in climates without long periods of freezing temperatures.
- New "cold climate" heat pumps are relatively inexpensive to buy and install, and the best choice in energy-efficient homes, designed to have reduced heating and cooling requirements.
- You should also consider local conditions and prices, or the exact type of equipment and brands.
- The quality of installation, the airflow, the refrigerant charge, or issues such as the size of the ducts (in central systems) are as important as the equipment itself.
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