What Are the Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump vs a Gas Furnace?

When your Snellville GA home is in need of a new heating system, you may be wondering what type of equipment would be the best choice. Heat pump systems and gas furnaces provide effective home heating, but each type of system has its pros and cons. Our heating and air conditioning service technicians at Air Master Heating and Air explain the benefits and drawbacks of both types of systems so that you can make an informed decision on your upcoming purchase.

Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps
Heat Pump systems operate on electricity and are ideal for homes in moderate climates. The pros and cons of this type of system include:

*Efficiency. Most electric heat pumps are significantly more energy efficient when compared to a gas operated furnace.

*Installation cost. Installation of a heat pump system usually costs less than the installation of a furnace. Furnaces require an extensive ventilation system, which can increase the cost in a home not already outfitted for this need.

*Operating cost. In most areas, electricity rates are lower than natural gas, meaning that a heat pump system will cost less to operate than a gas fired furnace.

*Quietness. Hot airĀ  heat pumps do not make as much noise as a furnace.

*Safety. There is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning with the use of a heat pump.

*Size. A heat pump system requires an indoor and outdoor component, while a gas fired furnace just has an indoor component.

*Effectiveness. In periods of extremely cold weather, a heat pump is not as effective at heating a home.

Pros and Cons of Gas Furnaces
Gas fired furnaces have been used for decades to warm homes. The advantages and disadvantages of this type of home heating equipment include:

*Lifespan. A gas fired furnace usually has a longer lifespan than a heat pump.

*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.

*Dependability. A gas fired 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 and fire.

*Cleanliness. The products of gas combustion can result in dirtier air and poor indoor air quality in the home.

At Air Master Heating and Air, we install all types of heat pumps and gas furnaces. From the highest efficiency systems to those that offer efficient heating on a budget, we can install your new HVAC equipment within just a few days of your service request. With many years of experience in the heating and air conditioning service industry, we are proud to have helped countless homeowners achieve and maintain comfort with new heating systems. For all of your new heating equipment needs, we look forward to assisting you. Please call us at any time.

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