Heat Pump vs. Furnace vs. AC in Oklahoma. Which is Better?

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When it comes to heating and cooling your Oklahoma home, you have many options available. You could choose a separate furnace and AC that delivers dependable heating and cooling all year round. Or, you could opt for an environmentally-friendly and efficient heat pump system that provides heating and cooling from one unit.

Which you choose will depend on several factors, such as your budget, comfort requirements, and the layout and size of your home.

In this article, we’ll look at each type of system and answer the question, “Heat pump, furnace, or AC in Oklahoma, which is better?”

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How Heat Pumps Work to Both Heat and Cool

You may think that heat pumps are the new kids on the heating and cooling block. Therefore, it might surprise you that the first heat pump was built in 1856. Today’s heat pumps are streets ahead of that very first model, but the principles are similar.

These systems work by drawing cold air from outside your home and warming it to provide heat. During the summer, this process is reversed, with warm air being drawn to the outside to keep your home cool. As heat pumps only use a small amount of electricity to complete this process, they are one of the most efficient systems you can install in your home. While heat pumps are significantly more expensive than furnaces and AC units, the savings they provide make them a good investment.

Reasons To Install a Heat Pump System

Unlike furnaces, heat pumps don’t create heat. Instead, they transfer heat from one place to another, making them a more efficient option for moderate climates. Arranging heat pump installation is one of the most effective, economical, and environmentally-friendly ways to heat and cool your home.

Here are just some of the benefits of heat pump systems:

  • Lower running costs – Reduce your monthly energy bills with a more efficient HVAC system.
  • No emissions – Unlike oil and gas furnaces, electric heat pumps produce no emissions, making them much better for the planet and your indoor air quality.
  • Save the Earth’s resources – Use less electricity and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Quiet operation – Heat pumps are significantly quieter than most furnaces and AC systems.
  • Sustainable – Heat pumps use natural energy sources, such as air, water, and the ground, to warm and cool the air in your home.
  • Low maintenance – Because there are fewer moving parts in a heat pump than in other heating systems, they require less maintenance.

Reasons To Install a Furnace and an AC

Simultaneously installing a new furnace and AC system can be a wise investment in your comfort. Today’s heating and air conditioning systems are much more efficient than the systems of 10 to 15 years ago. If your existing AC and furnace are struggling to keep up with demand and you’ve noticed spikes in energy costs, it could be time to upgrade. Two systems installed at the same time can equal one very comfortable home. What’s more, you may be able to strike a deal with your HVAC contractor if you decide to have both installed at the same time.

Here are some reasons to consider a furnace and AC upgrade:

  • Save on energy costs – A new energy-efficient furnace and AC system will automatically save you money compared to your old and inefficient systems.
  • Enjoy improved comfort – Eliminate cold and hot spots with a higher-performance system.
  • Reduce repair costs – Manufacturer and labor warranties will cover a new furnace and AC system. Your new system will also be far less susceptible to faults.
  • Improve air quality – Older systems can start to distribute harmful particles due to a build-up of dust and debris.

Cost Differences

Of course, comfort aside, one of the most pressing concerns when upgrading your HVAC system is how much it will cost you. Let’s weigh the differences between purchasing a new furnace and AC and purchasing a heat pump.

  • The average cost of a new furnace – To replace your furnace, you would be looking at an average price of $5,500.
  • The average cost of a new AC system – A new AC would set you back between $3,800 and $7,500 on average.
  • The average cost of an electric heat pump – A new heat pump system in Colorado would cost an average of $8,000+.

Another option you might consider is a “dual fuel” system. This is where you pair a heat pump with a gas furnace. Heat pumps are perfect for moderate winters but don’t always do well during very cold days. On these days, you can use your gas furnace as a backup.

Comfort Preferences

So, what is better for comfort between a heat pump and a furnace? Well, they both warm your home in slightly different ways. A furnace creates high-temperature air that blasts into your home for a short time before it turns off again. When the temperature drops, your furnace will respond by turning on again and repeating the process. With a furnace, you might experience noticeable drops in temperature before the heat comes back on again. On the other hand, a heat pump uses lower-temperature air but delivers it at a more uniform rate. It means the temperature should stay even throughout your home.

Your First Choice for HVAC Installation

If you’re considering upgrading your HVAC system any time soon, speak to the experts at Prudhom. We’ve been serving the local area for almost 20 years and consistently rated 5/5 on Google for our services.

We’re committed to your comfort. Whether we’re recommending a heat pump or replacing your furnace and AC systems, you can depend on us to make you happy. We’ll always ensure we get the job done right the first time, and we offer a solid 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today for more information about HVAC installation and a customized free quote.