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This Evening’s Main Event: The Furnace vs The Heat Pump

heat-pump-diagramA heater that keeps you warm and cozy during the winter is a must when you’re living in New Braunfels. You need to invest in the right heating system to keep indoor temperatures comfortable.

There are two options you can consider, and it leads to a lot of debate. Are you also confused about which is the better in a competition of the furnace vs. the heat pump? We might be able to help you.

Learn about both heating systems to better understand which one is ideal for your needs. As always, if you need installation for an HVAC system in New Braunfels, TX, you can contact us.


We’ll take a look at the classic option. The furnace uses electricity, oil, or gas to generate heat in a central location. The system uses a series of ducts around your house to distribute the heated air throughout the house. The furnace has burners or electric elements that heat the heat exchanger. The blower forces air through the heat exchanger before it gets into your home through the vents.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Furnaces

The furnace is a cost-effective heating solution that works quickly, making indoor temperatures more comfortable faster. It produces constant heat to keep the entire home warm and cozy without any cold spots. It is very powerful and can keep your home warm no matter how cold it is outside.

The problem with furnaces is that they cannot cool your home in the summer, and you need a separate HVAC system for that purpose. An electric furnace can pose problems for you in terms of high utility bills.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is an HVAC system that uses refrigerant to extract heat from the outside and transfer it indoors. It puts the refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation to warm up the indoor air and distribute it throughout the house using a series of ducts.

Additionally, the heat pump can reverse the refrigerant flow in the summers to take the heat out and blow cooled air to keep temperatures low. That makes it a very versatile HVAC system.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Heat Pumps

Since the heat pump doesn’t generate heat, the unit requires much less energy to operate compared to an electric furnace. The biggest advantage of this system is that you can use it to keep the house warm in winters and cool in the summers. You don’t need separate HVACs for different seasons.

Heat pumps typically come with a substantial price tag. However, they offer a great return on investment, and you’re only buying one system. The heat pump does also lose some efficiency if the temperatures outside are extremely cold. In our climate, though, they’re a great option.

Call a Professional for HVAC Installation

When you decide on the unit you want to install in your home, the next step is to get in touch with the professionals who can do it for you. At Riteway Service Company, we can help you make a more well-informed decision for the right heating system based on your requirements.

Schedule service with Riteway Service Company today!

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