Whether you’re building a new home or looking for a replacement system for your existing home, you need to choose the right heating system to meet your needs. The two most popular types of heating systems in Mayfield, KY are heat pumps and furnaces. If you’re not sure which to choose, read on as we break down the pros and cons of each system.

Advantages of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps are dual-use systems, meaning they keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, whereas a furnace only works as a heating system. Combining all of your climate control needs into one system is convenient, especially for smaller homes. Heat pumps also offer excellent energy efficiency during the heating season as long as the outdoor temperatures are relatively mild. Finally, heat pumps run on electricity, which means you don’t have to worry about getting oil or natural gas to heat your home.

Advantages of a Furnace

A furnace is a dedicated heating system that can generally outperform a heat pump in very cold weather since it doesn’t depend on the outside air to provide heat. Furnaces also tend to require less maintenance than heat pumps, which need to be serviced in both the summer and winter. Do note, though, that having a furnace means you’ll also need an air conditioner, which will need to be serviced separately.

Perhaps the clearest advantage of furnaces is that they tend to last significantly longer than heat pumps; while a heat pump is built to last about a decade, furnaces can make it 20 years or more before needing to be replaced.

Your Local Heating Repair and Installation Experts

Whether you ultimately choose a furnace or heat pump, you’ll need to have it professionally serviced and maintained. At Thornton Heating & Air, we proudly service all makes and models of both furnaces and heat pumps, so no matter what you need, we can help. To learn more, check out our heating solutions online or call to schedule your heat pump or furnace repair.