Gas Furnace Or Heat Pump: Do Not Get Burned By Choosing The Wrong One

In order to figure out whether you should have a heat pump or gas furnace installed, you have to know which one would be best for the climate you live in. You also need to think about your own preferences when it comes to indoor comfort, as well as what fuel source options you have.

Heat Power Source and Operational Costs

How much it will cost you to operate your new heat pump or gas furnace depends on how much the fuel source you use to power the heating system costs. Will paying for natural gas to operate your gas furnace save you money, or would the cost of using power to operate a heat pump be cheaper? You will need to call local utility companies and compare prices to figure out what makes the most sense financially.

Differences in Installation

When it comes to installing a heat pump or a gas furnace, there is not a very big difference. Both systems require the individual who installs them to have a permit and they both need an inspection. Both of them require an outdoor unit, refrigerant lines, and an electrical service. This is why you will not see that much of a price difference when it comes to the cost of installing either system.

Maintenance of Each System

Unfortunately, the cost of maintaining a gas furnace is significantly more expensive than maintaining a heat pump. This is because your annual maintained should include both your heating and cooling system. If you have a heat pump, you are just having one unit inspected and maintained. If you have a gas furnace, you are having work done on two different systems.

Regardless of whether you have a heat pump or a gas furnace, you do have to have annual maintenance. A heat pump just needs the maintenance once a year as it runs all year. Your furnace and air conditioning will need to be checked twice a year as it is two separate systems that run at different times.

Replacement Flexibility

The last thing you want to happen is for your heating system to cease to function on a winter day.  Fortunately, gas furnaces are less of a hassle when it comes to replacements. You can get away with replacing individual pieces such as the evaporator coil without needing to replace the entire system. When a heat pump malfunctions and needs replacement parts, it is easier to replace the entire system.

After taking all of this into consideration, you also need to consider the climate where you live. A heat pump should only be an option if you live somewhere that does not experience extreme winters or summers as it does not do well in extremely high or low temperatures. If you still feel unsure of yourself, consider talking to an HVAC specialist, such as A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, about your options. 

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