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Should I Get a Heat Pump If I Have a Furnace?

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Heat pumps have been making news lately for their efficiency in heating and cooling homes. It may leave you wondering if you should get a heat pump, even if you already have a furnace in place. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to heat pumps and furnaces.

Can a Heat Pump Replace a Furnace?

A heat pump can act as a furnace replacement and can be the primary source of heating and cooling in your home. Heat pumps are electricity-powered systems that work by extracting heat from the outdoor air (or ground) and transferring it indoors during the colder months to provide warmth. During the summer, they reverse the process.

How a Heat Pump Can Be Paired with a Furnace

If you want a dual heating system, you can install either a split system with separate heat pump and furnace components or a dual-fuel HVAC that includes both in a single system. The heat pump primarily handles heating and cooling during mild weather, switching to the furnace only when outdoor temperatures drop significantly. You control the system with a smart thermostat that automatically switches between the electric heat pump and gas furnace.

Factors to Consider

Several factors influence the choice between a heat pump, furnace or a combination of both:

  • Cost. The upfront cost to install a heat pump is typically higher than that of a furnace, especially if you need to upgrade your electrical panel.

  • Climate. Heat pumps alone are less efficient in cold climates, so a dual-fuel system may be best for homeowners in cold climates who want to save money on energy bills.

  • Home size and type. Dual fuel systems can be a good option for any home size or type, but they’re especially beneficial for large homes or homes with poor insulation.

The Benefits of Having Both Systems

The advantages of having both a heat pump and a furnace include:

  • Energy efficiency. A hybrid system optimizes energy use based on outdoor temperatures, reducing energy consumption and utility bills.

  • Comfort. Heat pumps provide consistent and even heating and cooling, whereas a furnace can quickly respond to extreme weather conditions, ensuring your comfort year-round.

  • Environmental impact. Combining a heat pump with a high-efficiency furnace reduces your carbon footprint.

Heat Pump Rebates in Ontario

Ontario homeowners are eligible for rebates through the Enbridge Gas Home Energy Rebate Plus (HER+) program. This program offers thousands of dollars in rebates and incentives to install a heat pump and other efficiency upgrades.

Furnace Replacement and Heat Pump Installation in Alliston and Orangeville

Turn to Don’s Heating & Cooling for furnace replacement and new heat pump installation. We can also install a heat pump to retrofit your existing HVAC system. Contact us today to get a free quote.


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