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What’s better? A heat pump or a furnace

Living in a climate such as ours means we get a wide range of temperatures and differing seasons. You have to take the rough with the smooth in Auckland, so for every sunny summer day enjoyed, you’re going to get an icy cold wintery day. Auckland homes require a helping hand when regulating temperature to maintain a comfortable indoor environment but which is the best method? Today we discuss heat pumps and furnaces, asking ourselves which is the best way to heat an Auckland home.


Starting at the beginning, we’ll answer what each does. They both warm up indoor air, they both have installation and running costs and both require some ongoing maintenance. Heat pumps are run using electricity whereas most furnaces burn oil or gas (although you can get furnaces that use electric coils to generate heat). Though, there are more differences than similarities. 


Heat Pumps

How they work: Heat pumps warm your home by extracting heat from outdoors and transferring it inside (even when it’s freezing cold out). Their capabilities don’t end there. Heat pumps cool homes as well as heat them by reversing the system to extract cool air from outside and pump it indoors. That means they are multifunctional and useful all year round.


Costs: Depending on the systems installed, heat pumps can be more expensive upfront. However, you are getting a heater and cooler all in one. Installing a furnace will leave you needing an air conditioner in our hot summers. As far as running costs go, our world-leading brands of heat pumps are all energy efficient and can save you money in the long run.



How they work: Furnaces are very adept at heating. They heat quickly but they don’t offer the feature of cooling. Also, by using oil or gas they aren’t as energy efficient or environmentally friendly as heat pumps, like our Panasonic, Mitsubishi or Daikin Heat Pumps.


Costs: Furnaces can be cheaper to buy but when it comes to quality, you can’t beat heat pumps from Panasonic, Daikin, Mitsubishi and other respected brands. 



Due to heat pumps’ versatility and improved efficiency, they are the premium choice of heating for your home. In a climate as diverse as Auckland, most of us wish to have a heater in winter and a cooler in summer. Rather than having two separate systems, install a heat pump with Comfy Kiwi Homes today and start enjoying the benefits right away.

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