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Heat Pump Vs. Furnace: Which is Better?

Explore your home heating options in Eastern Massachusetts.

heat pump Wellesley, MA At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we are 100% committed to finding the best home comfort solutions for our customers. And every one of our customers is unique, with individual needs and budgets.

There’s a good reason that we have the word Complete in our name. We sell, install, maintain and repair many different HVAC systems. Whether your home uses a furnace and central air conditioning, a heat pump or some other combination, the Needham Oil team can help.

These days, we speak to many homeowners in Wellesley and across Norfolk County about whether they should stick with an oil or gas-fired furnace or convert their homes to an electric heat pump.

What is a furnace system?

Furnace systems are also known as forced air heating systems. Furnaces in our part of Massachusetts typically have heating oil, propane or natural gas burners. These burners warm up air, and a blower fan circulates that air through your ductwork and into your rooms.

Typically, the same ductwork that a furnace uses can be utilized to cool your home in summer with central A/C.

What is a heat pump system?

Unlike a furnace, a heat pump does not generate heat with a burner. Instead, it transfers heat between the inside and outside of your home. During the summer, the indoor unit draws in heat from your home and expels it outside. Cooled air returns to your home. In the winter, this process reverses. The system draws heat from outdoor air and brings it into your home.

Which heating system should you put in your home?

When deciding on an HVAC system for your home, you need to consider different variables. Here are some factors you’ll want to weigh:

  • Your existing system. If your home already has a furnace, it might make more sense to upgrade to a more efficient furnace rather than incur the added expense of converting to a heat pump. If you have a boiler system without ductwork, however, a ductless heat pump might be a good choice for summer A/C and supplemental heat.
  • Energy efficiency. This can be a complicated assessment. High-efficiency heat pumps can be preferable for cooling purposes, and they work well in milder climates. However, these systems can struggle to heat homes during periods of extreme cold. Today’s furnaces can have fuel efficiencies in the mid to high 90s, which may be more efficient than a heat pump in the Northeast. (Some of our customers have heat pumps but keep their boilers or furnaces for heat during the coldest weeks of the year.)
  • Maintenance. You can expect roughly the same amount of maintenance required for a heat pump system and a combination furnace and central A/C. At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we offer service plan coverage for all heating and cooling equipment, which guarantees annual maintenance, priority service and savings on needed repairs.

Trust the Needham Oil team with your home heating needs!

Our crew of experienced, friendly and professional HVAC technicians are at your service to provide guidance on furnace and heat pump installations. We’ve been installing oil and gas heating systems for decades, and we also have experience in the latest technologically advanced heating equipment. We are the heat pump experts!

Our team can help you select a heating system that works for your home and budget and also assists you in qualifying for any available Mass Save rebates and home efficiency tax credits.

Let’s explore ways to supercharge your home comfort all year round. Reach out to our team for a free estimate.