Finding the best heating system for your family can often take a little research and experimentation. If you’ve only ever used furnaces, you may not know the many benefits of switching to a more modern system like a heat pump. Here are a few key differences between using electric heat and heat pumps.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are different from other HVAC systems because they don’t have to create heat. Instead, they pull heat from outside your home and push it inside. The three types of heat pumps include air-to-air, geothermal, and water sources. Many homes use air-to-air pumps, which extract the heat from the surrounding air. Water source pumps require a nearby lake, while geothermal pumps dig down deep to pull heat from under the ground.

All heat pumps require less electricity than traditional HVAC systems. These efficient heating alternatives can double as air conditioners during the summer. If you decide to add backup heat capabilities to your system, you may see a significant increase in energy costs.

Electric Heat

Electric heat is available through either a central furnace or a baseboard system. These types of systems create heat using a variety of heating elements before distributing it throughout your home. While these systems cost more to operate, they typically create warmer air than heat pumps. Electric heat options also often cost less to install than heat pumps. Fortunately, both electric heat systems and heat pumps last longer than other heating options and require less maintenance over the years.

Premium Indoor Comfort Team

Crest Air is proud to offer superior heating and cooling services to residents of Palm Beach, FL. Our experienced, NATE-certified technicians have more than 70 years of combined experience boosting the community’s comfort and safety. Rely on our team to service and repair your heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace. We’re also ready to install your new smart thermostat or test your indoor air quality. Contact Crest Air today to learn more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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