Electric Heaters vs. Trane Heat Pumps: Which is Best for Arizona Residents?
In Arizona, our winters are pretty mild. We don’t typically have too much stress over choosing an HVAC system for heating purposes. But when the time does come for you to turn your heat on, do you know what’s the best system for your home?
Two common systems: electric heaters and heat pumps. Electric heaters are used more widely, but heat pumps offer some benefits that electric can’t boast.
Keep reading to learn what they are, and which is better for your home.
What’s the Difference?
Electric heaters are heating systems that use electricity to convert electric energy into heat energy. Electric currents pass through an internal element called the resister, which converts the current into heat. The heater then releases the heat into your home.
Fuel pumps work by moving air rather than changing air. They take warm air that’s outside and bring it inside, displacing the cold air inside and pushing it back out. In the summer, they work similarly by moving warm air that’s inside and pushing it outside, while bringing cool air in.
Which Is Right for Me?
That depends on a few things, such as:
- how warm you like your space
- what type of heat you prefer
- your monthly budget
Electric heaters tend to create hotter air than fuel pumps, simply because you can control the heating element inside them. They’re great for those who like their homes toasty warm. Conversely, fuel pumps work to create a comfortable, livable space without drying out the air.
Electric units can create uncomfortable pockets of heat that tend to concentrate around the unit. This can leave cold spots in other areas, making your home’s temperature inconsistent. Fuel pumps create a more even heat that makes your entire home comfortable.
Monthly Costs Compared
We’re all looking for ways to save money. Comparing the costs of HVAC heating systems before you choose can help save you a lot.
When it comes to cost, fuel pumps will are almost always the cheaper option, unless your home is subject to temperatures below 40 degrees for consistent periods of time. In this circumstance, the fuel pump relies on a secondary heating coil to help out, and it’s not the most effective way to heat your home.
In Arizona, our winter temperatures are a bit more temperate.
Compared to gas furnaces, heat pumps are 30% less expensive year round. And compared to electric heating elements, a heat pump will cut your heating bill in half.
The Lowdown: Electric Heaters Vs. Heat Pumps?
Unless you live in a very cold climate, installing a heat pump will save you money in the long run. The temperature won’t be super hot inside, but hey, we get enough of that in Arizona as it is!
Sure, heating in Phoenix is not quite used as much as the air conditioner. Don’t get left out in the cold this winter with a broken heater. Get in touch today to talk about your heating and cooling needs. We would love to help you get set up!
Whether it’s furnace repair or furnace replacement Phoenix, Hays Cooling Heating & Plumbing is who to call!
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About the Author
Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.