Gas Furnace vs Electric Heat Pump – Which is Best?

When it’s time to considering replacing your old furnace, a common question is whether to get a gas furnace or electric heat pump.

Pros and Cons of Gas Furnaces and Heat Pumps

Running a gas furnace is generally much less expensive than the electric powered heat pump. Why? Natural gas is typically a less costly energy source than electric, despite the fact that under optimal conditions, a heat pump is more energy efficient than a gas furnace.

Additionally, gas furnaces can reach higher temperatures and can heat a home more quickly than an electric heat pump. A gas furnace typically has a longer lifespan than a heat pump. A properly maintained gas furnace may last 20 to 30 years, whereas a heat pump may last 10 to 15 years.

Other Considerations – Gas Furnace vs Heat Pump

That said, the cost to purchase and install a gas furnace is generally more expensive. Over time, a gas furnace could also pose a safety hazard if carbon monoxide ends up leaking into your home.

Climate Considerations

Keep in mind that generally speaking, the a heat pump does not provide air that is as hot as what you would get from a gas furnace. So, a gas furnace is better for homes located in much colder climates. Thus, if your Winter temperatures are typically not lower than 30 degrees Fahrenheit, a heat pump could be an appropriate choice to heat your home.

Ultimately, there is no “wrong” choice. So, if you would like help in determining which type of heating system is best for you and your family during the winter months, contact our team at Eagle Air Cooling & Heating in Queen Creek, AZ by calling 480-748-1781.


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