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Pros and Cons of Having a Heat Pump

a heat pump outside of a houseWhat type of heat do you have in your home? Does it fulfill all your needs and make it comfortable for your family no matter what the temperature is outside?

With winter just around the corner, now is the time to be sure your heating system is in proper working order. Make sure all the necessary maintenance checks have been completed and that you are ready for the colder temperatures that winter brings.

If you need to upgrade or replace your system, you could consider a heat pump. This type of system allows heat to be transferred throughout your home evenly and more efficiently. Heat pumps are air conditioners that can work in reverse to heat your home. They move heat from one point to another. During warmer months, heat pumps remove heat from inside the house and dispense it outside. During colder months, this process is reversed, and heat is moved from outside into your home.

Here Are Some Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump System:


  • Most electric heat pumps are more energy-efficient compared to a gas-operated furnace. Normally, electricity rates are lower than natural gas rates, which means heat pumps could cost less to operate over the course of the year.
  • Heat pumps generally supply more heating and cooling volume than the amount of electricity it takes to use them.
  • Heat pump systems can be safer for you and your family because there is less risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. A gas leak from a furnace could result in a fire.
  • Many people prefer the warmth produced by heat pumps because heat is distributed evenly throughout the house. This way of heating reduces the number of cold spots in your home.
  • Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling all in one unit and require only one maintenance plan, thus saving you money in the long run.


  • Heat pumps are less efficient in climates where temperatures fall below freezing on a regular basis. This type of system pulls heat in from outside and moves it to different areas of your home. It will use more energy in colder temperatures.
  • To keep your family at a particular comfort level, heat pump systems may require an additional heat source to produce enough warmth when temperatures fall below freezing.
  • Heat pumps not only cost more than furnaces to purchase, but they also cost more to install.
  • The heat produced by heat pumps isn’t as intense as the heat produced by a gas or oil-burning furnace.
  • The average lifespan of a heat pump system may only be 10-15 years, while other systems can last 15-20 years.

Do your research before purchasing equipment and make sure you choose a system that is most effective for your home and your family’s comfort level. Korrect, Inc. offers free quotes on new or replacement heat pumps. We can install, service, or repair your heat pump.

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