What’s right for your home, heat pump or central air system?
Buying a new heating system can be scary. Your old heating system lasted you so long, so it’s hard to know if you should try to find one just like it or move onto bigger (or smaller) and better things.
We have the answers to all of your questions and we can help make it a seamless transition from one system to the next.
One common question among new system buyers these days is about heat pumps. We always say that it depends on your home. Each home – and each family – has specific needs that their heating system must fulfill. Most can do an adequate job, but to truly find your most efficient match, it’s best to speak to an A1 service professional.
However, we find it can be helpful to have a brief comparison of the benefits each system can offer. So, below, we have a description and comparison of heat pump systems and the more traditional central air systems:
Heat pumps are used to extract heat from the air and then push it either into or outside your home, depending on the season. They most commonly come in three different styles: add-on, electric and bivalent. One of the main differences between a heat pump and traditional central air equipment is that heat pumps offer both heating and cooling solutions.
Add-on systems are somewhat self-explanatory; they are designed to be used in conjunction with another heating system for when the heat from the heat pump isn’t sufficient. Electric systems include their own supplemental heating system that can contribute when need be. Bivalent systems are designed for climates that can reach extreme colds, because they burn gas or propane to increase the temperature of the incoming air.
- Can be used in homes with or without ductwork (ductless or forced air)
- Low initial cost (especially if there is already a framework for it to work within)
- Can provide comfort in all seasons
- Can offer higher efficiency in the right home
- Performance levels are much lower in extreme temperatures
- System can be expensive when additional systems are needed to contribute
- Requires regular maintenance
Central Air Systems (Forced Air Systems)
This is the most common heating system in residential homes. Most often, these systems create heat by using fuel sources such as electricity, oil, natural gas or propane. Once heated, the air is distributed throughout the home through ductwork installed with your furnace.
- Inexpensive initial cost (Especially if there is already ductwork in place)
- Custom air treatment tools are available
- More uniform heating throughout large homes
- Ductwork can be an added expense during installation
- Less control over specific zones in your home
- Requires above average maintenance and filtration
Both systems have a lot to offer. The biggest difference you’ll find is that heat pumps can often be more efficient than forced air in smaller homes and vice versa for bigger homes. This also applies to extreme weather conditions as a forced air system may be better suited to handle an extremely hot or cold day, and heat pumps can be better in more neutral weather.
To truly find out what option is best for you and your home, schedule a free quote with A1 Air Conditioning & Heating.
A1 Air Conditioning & Heating has been a family owned and operated business in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Milton, Hamilton and Toronto since 1967.