Efficiently Heating Your Home – Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps vs Gas Furnaces
Leaves are falling and so is the temperature outside. Winter is Coming™ and we need to prepare to heat our homes which for some includes upgrading to an energy efficiency heat pump.
What are the Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump vs a Gas Furnace?
Heat Pump systems operate on electricity—which can be produced with solar energy if you want to maximize your savings—and they are ideal for homes in moderate climates. Ductless mini-split heat pump pros and cons include:
Efficiency – Most electric heat pumps are far more energy efficient compared to a gas furnaces.
Installation Costs – Heat pump systems usually cost less than the installation of a furnace because furnaces require an extensive ventilation system, which can increase the cost in a home not already outfitted for this need. The heat pumps we specialize in are ductless, so no need for extra construction work on your home!
Operating Costs – In most of America electricity rates are lower than natural gas. Therefore a heat pump system will cost less to operate than a gas fired furnace.
Quietness – While furnaces do not always make a tremendous amount of noise, ductless heat pumps operate whisper quiet – so you’ll barely notice they’re there.
Safety – There is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning while using a heat pump, and they run on electricity which is typically considered a safer source of power.
Size – A heat pump system requires an indoor and outdoor component, while a gas fired furnace just has an indoor component. The two units of a ductless heat pump work in unison to read the temperature outside compared to inside and adjust according to the temperature you set on your thermostat (and we recommend a programmable one).
Remember: a heat pump helps offset your heating needs, but it does not replace the need for primary heating like a furnace in the arctic Northeastern Winter. However it does eliminate the need for a window AC unit completely, and it can be used all year long due to its dual heating and cooling capacity.
Gas fired furnaces have been used for decades to warm homes, and the technology is antiquated. The advantages and disadvantages of this type of home heating equipment include:
Lifespan – A gas fired furnace usually has a longer lifespan (avg 15 years) than a heat pump, and heat pumps are backed by a 12 year warranty with us since we are a Fujitsu Elite contractor.
Less maintenance – Since a gas operated furnace is only used for a few months out of each year, the maintenance requirements are less than those for a heat pump, but a heat pump provides all year-long use and is a fantastic option over a window AC for energy efficiency.
Dependability – A gas furnace has fewer mechanical parts than a heat pump, meaning fewer things that can break down or malfunction.
Safety – A gas leak could result in an explosion.
Cleanliness – The products of gas combustion can result in dirtier air and poor indoor air quality in the home.
With many years of experience in the heating and cooling service industry, we are proud to have helped countless homeowners achieve and maintain comfort with new heat pump heating system. Please call or email us at any time to see if an energy efficient heat pump fits your lifestyle.