Replace your Old Furnace with Durham Heat Pump Installation and Save Energy
Most of us don’t think about replacing our furnace unless it quits working and cannot be repaired. We don’t want to spend money if we don’t have to. But even if your furnace is still running, if it’s over 10 years old it is wasting energy and keeping your heating costs high. Newer model furnaces are much more efficient than any from the previous decade. The current economy and energy crisis has inspired technological advances in heating and cooling products that have achieved up to 98% efficiency. Not only are new furnaces more efficient, there are alternative heating options that can save even more energy. Heat pumps and geothermal heating systems transfer warmth from the air and the ground to heat your home, as opposed to a furnace which generates heat through electricity, gas, or heating fuel. There are pros and cons to both types of heating systems, but if your primary concern is energy efficiency, then a heat pump or geothermal system are your best options. Boer Brothers Heating and Cooling provides Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas with furnace replacement and heat pump installation.
Heat Pumps Maximize Energy
An alternative to a furnace, which uses gas, propane, heating oil, or electricity to create heat, a heat pump collects heat from the air outside and pumps it into your home. Heat pumps use a small amount of electricity to collect and transfer heat, much less than an electric furnace requires. Geothermal heat pumps work in a similar way, but they draw heat from deep inside the ground. You can eliminate your gas, propane, or heating oil bill and lower your electric bill with a heat pump.
Heat Pumps are a Safe Home Heating Option
Another advantage to a heat pump over a furnace is safety. Furnaces burn gas, propane, or heating oil to create heat, which is then blown through ducts and out the vents in your ceiling or floor. Burning flammable gasses is not only a fire risk, but it also creates carbon monoxide. When a furnace is working properly, that carbon monoxide is vented outside. But if too much carbon monoxide gets inside, it can be harmful and evenly deadly. Furnaces have safety features that are designed to keep this from happening, but nothing is perfect. With a heat pump, there is zero risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Hybrid Systems Combine the Best Qualities of a Heat Pump and Furnace
One of the only pitfalls of the heat pump is that it struggles in temperatures below 40 degrees. When the temperatures drop close to and below freezing, the heat pump cannot gather enough heat from the air to achieve the desired indoor temperature. It is then that a furnace out-performs the heat pump. A hybrid system uses a combination of a furnace and a heat pump. The heat pump does the work until the outdoor temperature gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the furnace kicks in automatically. This saves energy because the furnace will not have to work as often as the heat pump.
Durham Furnace Replacement will lower your heating costs in the long term
Whether you decide to install a new furnace, a heat pump, or a hybrid system, you will save money on heating costs in the long term. In a few years, the amount of money you save monthly on energy will offset the cost of the new heating system. And you will continue to enjoy these savings for years to come. Boer Brothers Heating and Cooling will offer their expert advice and install the best heating system for your home. Request a quote or call 919-929-9886.
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