This is a question that homeowners find themselves pondering when trying to decide on a heating system. As with most things, there are pros and cons associated with both options. Below is some information that you may find useful, but before you make a final decision; it is wise to have a professional evaluate your individual situation. Call MTB Heating and Airand we will send out an experience estimator to advise you which option will provide you the most comfort and be the most cost effective in the long run.Gas Furnace- A gas furnace is more expensive than a heat pump; so initially your financial output will be more. However, gas is less expensive than electricity; so you will save money each month on your utility bills. Gas furnaces heat much quicker than heat pumps and can reach higher temperatures; so if you live somewhere that gets really cold weather, a gas furnace is a better choice. On the flip side, a gas furnace requires that you have a gas line running into your home. A gas furnace takes longer to install and is a more expensive installation. Regular maintenance is important to make sure that a gas furnace is working efficiently and safely. The risk of carbon monoxide exposure is present, however with proper maintenace the risk is extremely low. In addition, carbon monoxide detectors should be installed to detect any gas leak and remove any danger of exposure.
Heat Pump- A heat pump poses no safety risks as there is no gas to leak. Heat pumps are cheaper to buy and install than gas furnaces and tthe installation doesn’t take as long. Electric furnaces run quietly and require less maintenance and tend to last longer than gas furnaces. In addition, a heat pump can be installed in any home that has electricity. On the other hand, electricity is more expensive than gas. You can expect higher monthly bills with a heat pump so this will cost more than the gas furnace in the long run. Finally , heat pumps tend to be less effective at heating. So, if you live in a cold climate, a heat pump is probably not a practical choice.
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