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Can I Replace My Furnace with a Heat Pump?

hybrid heating system unit on the outside of a home

Did your old furnace run less efficiently than you’d like? Did it struggle on a daily basis and seem to need frequent repairs? For many homeowners in this type of situation, it seems as though replacing the furnace with a different type of heating unit would be ideal. And one type of unit that gets quite a bit of praise in the HVAC industry for performance and efficiency is the heat pump.

A heat pump is a forced-air heating and air conditioning system that may be used to replace any type of forced-air unit, like a furnace. However, it’s important to note that a heat pump may not always be the best replacement option, and often it is supplemented by a furnace. You should always work with a contractor, like the experts at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling, to help you decide on the optimal system for furnace replacement in Holly Springs.

A heat pump is considered efficient because it does not generate heat as a furnace does. Rather, it uses a heat transfer medium known as a refrigerant to move heat from one area to another. In the summertime, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the inside of your home and releases it outdoors. In the cooler months, a heat pump must absorb heat from the outdoors and bring it into the house. This is surprisingly effective in very low temperatures, but once it drops below freezing, you may need a supplementary heating system—namely, a furnace.

Today’s furnaces are actually far more efficient than they once were and, if properly maintained and installed, should have very few repair issues over the years. That’s because updates in technology and improvements in government efficiency standards every year call for manufacturers to deliver top-of-the-line products only.

In many cases, replacing your older furnace with a new, more efficient furnace is simply your best option. For example, it doesn’t make sense to add a heat pump when your air conditioner is not in need of replacement, because a heat pump replaces an air conditioner as well. But sometimes, a technician will advise a heat pump, possibly in conjunction with a furnace.

Ask a technician whether a new furnace or a heat pump is best for your furnace replacement in Holly Springs. Call Ideal Services Heating & Cooling today (919) 887-9680 .

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