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Old 09-03-2014, 10:43 AM  
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Default Heat Pump vrs Furnace/Central

I had a few estimates drawn up to replace my very old furnace [am told it is about 60% efficient, and will go to 95% with new]. I tinkered with the idea of going electric, but was told it would be better to go with a heat pump if that was the case. I know very little about heat pumps, and confess I find myself a little confused when trying to research them.

Does anyone have an opinion on which would be better to go with? I was leaning towards the gas furnace and central air, simply because I'm more familiar with it.

I assume heat pumps come with cooling abilities too? So far, the only thing I really know is the price for heat pump isn't that much over the furnace/central a/c unit [approx 400 more].



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Old 09-03-2014, 11:04 AM  
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Up north where I live there are very few heat pumps. They work best IMO in places that have to have AC but heat is used less frequently and not as much.

A heat pump works something like an AC in reverse. The hot air that goes outside on a AC setup is the heat that goes in the house from a heat pump. The trouble in cold climates when its zero outside there isn’t a lot of heat in that cold air to extract.

For me the answer to your question is your location and if you need AC.



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That was the impression I was getting when trying to research them and thought maybe I just wasn't understanding them right when suggested. Though I've seen [one] in this area, it didn't sound like something that would be used in my area.

I live in Iowa, where the winters get pretty harsh. The summers do get hot, requiring a/c but not to the extent of [let's say] AZ.

Sounds like they are very efficient, but maybe not the right fit in this case.

Thank you for the help!

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There are also geothermal heat pumps the type I was talking about was air to air. In geothermal they dig wells down in the ground because the earth temp stays something like 55f year round. They can use that warmer area to extract heat thru pumping fluid down into the ground and back up. Those systems are quite expensive.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pump
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Call up your local guy in middle of January and ask him if he knows how to fix a heat pump.

I think hot water under your floors of bungalow would be a good option.



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