Heat Pump vs Furnace vs Boiler - What to Use?

Heat Pump vs Furnace vs Boiler – What to Use?

The winter chill has finally arrived in Odessa and Midland. When those temps drop, you rely on your heater to keep you warm! In this post, we’ll discuss the different types of heaters you may use to heat your home or business, including some pros and cons for each.


Heat pumps are common because they are dependable and efficient. A heat pump system can be utilized in both the winter and summer because it offers both heating and air conditioning for your home.

Air-source heat pumps work by removing hot air from your home to keep it cool in the summer, and then doing the reverse in the winter. Ground-source, or geothermal, heat pumps derive warmth from the ground. These are less common, especially in West Texas, where winters are relatively mild, however, they do offer increased efficiency.


Overall, furnaces are the most common heating source nationwide. A gas-powered furnace provides on-demand heat which is distributed throughout your home. They are typically gas-powered, but can also be fueled by electricity, natural gas, or oil. Oil and gas furnaces burn fuel to create warm air in a heat exchanger, which then distributes the air.

Furnaces are typically controlled by a single thermostat to help guarantee efficiency. Furnaces are a great way to help keep your home toasty, especially when the outside temperature is well below freezing.


A final option for home heating is a boiler. This process actually boils water, then uses that hot water to distribute the heat by passing through radiators to create warm air. The water circulates throughout the system and is reheated and reused.

Fuel for the boiler is derived from heating oil or natural gas. Steam boilers are still used in some older buildings, but they are not common in newer construction. Boilers are also considered very efficient for home heating.


If you’re feeling the chill this winter, City Plumbing has the solution for you. We are proud to provide heating systems by Bryant and Mitsubishi Electric. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!