High-efficiency furnace and heat pump installation in Kitchener

So, you’re in the market for a new home heating appliance and considering your options. Fortunately, there are many excellent choices, including single-stage and dual-stage furnaces as well as highly efficient heat pumps.  

In this article, we discuss the difference between high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps and why one may be better suited for your needs.  

High-Efficiency Furnaces 

High-efficiency furnaces are fuel-based heating appliances that are 90-95% efficient. These furnaces use less power to heat your home than other types of furnaces, saving you money on your utility bill. Moreover, high-efficiency furnaces utilize sealed combustion, which improves indoor air quality. 

However, the analysis doesn’t stop there. High-efficiency furnaces also come with a high price tag and require regular upkeep to perform as you’d expect.  

In summary, here are the pros and cons of opting for a high-efficiency furnace.  


  • Better for the environment than traditional furnaces 
  • Lower utility bills 
  • Lower risk of carbon monoxide leaks 


  • Higher equipment & installation costs 
  • Requires more regular maintenance 
  • Uses carbon-based fuels 

Having trouble comparing furnaces vs. heat pumps? The experts at Dunn Heating can help you make the right decision for your home.

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Heat Pumps  

Heat pumps work differently than furnaces and can essentially be thought of as “heat transporters” rather than “heat generators”. In the summer, you can use your heat pump as a cooling device, while in the colder months, it can be used to heat your home.  

A heat pump uses a highly efficient mechanism to transfer heat to and from the indoors and outdoors. Unlike furnaces, heat pumps do not burn any fuel, using only electricity to function. 

Although this may sound like an excellent option for any home, you need to keep in mind that heat pumps come up short in very cold weather. When temperatures fall far below zero, heat pumps struggle to draw enough thermal energy from the outdoor air to heat a whole house. Therefore, if you live in a cold climate, you should have a secondary source of heating available (i.e. a furnace, boiler, fireplace, etc.).  


  • Doesn’t use fossil fuels  
  • Dual purpose: heating in the winter, cooling in the summer 
  • Highly efficient  


  • High upfront installation costs 
  • Cannot function alone in cold climates 

High-Efficiency Furnace Vs Heat Pump: Which Do You Choose? 

So, with high-efficiency furnace benefits in mind, along with the reasons a heat pump may get the job done as well, which do you choose?  

If you live in a mild climate, have a fireplace or other heating sources available and require air conditioning in the summer, a heat pump may be your most cost-effective solution.  

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an eco-conscious appliance that can keep your whole home toasty on the chilliest days, a high-efficiency furnace may be more suitable for you.  

Finding the Right Furnace for Your Needs 

At Dunn Heating, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of heating appliances to suit any home or business. If you’re looking to upgrade your home comfort, contact our team of HVAC experts today! 

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