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Here’s How Heat Pumps Can Replace Your Furnace

Your furnace has been “old reliable” for as long as you can remember, but it’s time for a new machine to reign supreme in your home. Yes, furnaces still have their usefulness, but heat pumps are quickly outpacing them.

Heat pump installation in Sacramento, CA is often used to replace furnaces because these days, furnaces need electric ignition starts anyway. So, a more energy-efficient way to heat your home just makes sense as the clear choice. But that’s not the only reason. Let’s break it down.

It Saves Money Without Changing Heating Habits

With a heat pump, you can heat your home the exact same way that you normally do with a furnace. And the best part? You can still save money while you do it.

Heat pumps use less energy to heat your home, so even if you don’t change how often you use it or care to change your thermostat settings throughout the day, you’ll actually save money with a heat pump.

You Can Sleep Easier at Night

Furnaces come with unnecessary risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning and the risk of your furnace exploding. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes hundreds of fatalities in the US every year, so while it’s not the most likely thing to happen, the risk is completely removed from your home by installing a heat pump instead.

A Better AFUE Rating

AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. When you use electricity, such as your heat pump does, it has a 100% AFUE rating. That means it utilizes all the energy it pulls, so you’re not wasting any.

But a furnace has a lower AFUE rating, even if you get a modern unit that’s considered “high-end” by furnace standards. It’s actually not uncommon for furnaces to only have an 80% AFUE rating.

That’s like buying a meal and the waiter eats 20% of it, but you’re still footing the bill. Doesn’t seem right, does it? While furnaces may heat your home faster, is it worth the extra energy expenditure just to have relief a few minutes sooner?

There Are Incentives for Heat Pumps

On January 1st, 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act sprung into action, requiring a new SEER rating (called SEER2) to make home HVAC equipment more energy efficient. Well, as we discussed, furnaces have a hard time being more efficient.

But heat pumps on the other hand? They’re arguably the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Right now, the US government has incentives through a few programs to encourage homeowners to install heat pumps in their homes. Depending on your income level, you could get a $8,000 instant rebate on that heat pump installation, which also lowers your cost of living.

Save Money With a Heat Pump

Furnaces have their usefulness, but for our customers in California, a heat pump is almost certainly the better option. If you want to get started with your heat pump installation or learn more, contact us today.

Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. today to get The Guys in the Big Red Trucks to help with your heat pump installation.

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