Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump for Your Texas Home
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Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump for Your Texas Home

Your home is your sanctuary, and no matter what time of the year it is, you want to be comfortable when you are there. Heat pumps can be a great alternative to traditional air conditioner and furnace installations, especially for Texas homes. However, some homeowners still prefer furnaces.

Understanding the pros and cons of a heat pump is your first step to making the right decision for your home, so here is more information to help you get started!

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Unlike furnaces, heat pumps do not generate heat – and they also don’t utilize gas to work. They are designed to keep your home comfortable more efficiently by “pumping” or moving heat from one place to another – from the inside of the house to the outside, or vice versa.

To provide heat, a heat pump extracts the heat energy from outdoor air (even in the wintertime) and transfers it to refrigeration coolant, which is then compressed to increase temperature and moved throughout the system.

During warmer months, a heat pump in cooling mode works essentially the same as an air conditioner, using refrigerant to remove heat energy from inside and pumping it outdoors.

Heat Pump Pros

Produce Warm & Cool Air With One System

One highly beneficial part of installing a heat pump is that it takes the worry out of the maintenance of two different systems. They're also smaller when you look at the size of having a furnace and an air conditioner in your home – with a smaller carbon footprint to boot!

Save More on Your Utility Bills

With a heat pump, the heat produced is transferred from outside air instead of being created with electricity, which means you’ll use less. Heat pumps use three to four times less energy than gas appliances.

Heat Pump Cons

Extreme Cold Can Cause Problems

Heat pump issues can arise if it's extremely cold, as it makes the pump work harder. That’s why heat pumps are generally recommended in states like Texas with more temperate climates.

If you’re worried about frigid conditions in your area, a heat pump can also be combined with a gas furnace. That way, the furnace works as a backup source in emergency conditions.


Most HVAC systems will last 15 to 25 years, and that estimate is highly variable depending on maintenance. Plus, with a furnace and an air conditioner, you have potentially two pieces of equipment to replace – and they each come with a hefty price tag.

Heat pumps offer modest longevity up to 15 years, though it’s true that A/C units typically last longer. However, the heat pump’s ability to provide more efficient heating and cooling definitely offsets the shorter life expectancy.

Tip: The best way to extend your pump’s longevity is regular maintenance and heat pump repair ASAP when you notice a potential problem.

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