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The Difference Between A Heat Pump And A Furnace

In a place where the climate is cooler than the other part of the world like Norway, the heating system is normally needed. The most common method or technologies available for heating the house is by the heating pump and by furnaces or boilers. All of which, would ensure to make our life comfortable. However, the deciding factor on which is suitable to use is normally the climate.

However, a lot of people are still unaware of what is the difference between these two heating systems. Is the other better than the other one? Well, without further ado, let’s start giving you the difference between the two. Here they are, as follows:

  1. Furnaces

Furnaces heat the homes through combustion, a traditional process of burning oil or natural gas and send the heat into the home with the use of a fan. When it comes to efficiency, the furnace has a 98 percent rate of efficiency, only 2 percent of the fuel burned escapes with combustion fumes when they are vented to the exterior. But a house that uses furnace needs a separate air conditioning. 

Moreover, furnaces having fewer mechanical parts, the probability of breaking down is not high and regular maintenance is not really that required.

  • Heat Pump

On the other hand, a heat pump (varmepumpe) does not produce heat from a fuel source; instead, it uses electricity and refrigerant to extracts heat from outside air moving warm air through your home. Heat pumps have double-duty; it could be used as an air conditioning too. In addition, since it uses electricity, heat pumps are noted to be 300 percent efficient however the climate will be a deciding factor for the reason that heat pumps heating performance may change if the temperature falls below freezing point. Furthermore, being able to act as a cooling and heating system, heat pumps are more cost-efficient. Besides, they are very easy to install and it operates more soundlessly.