Heat pumps and gas heating systems both provide their own benefits and shortcomings that you will want to consider as you evaluate options for heating your home.
Heat Pump Heating Systems
Heat pumps operate by collecting heat from outside and distributing it throughout the house to warm your home.
Heat pumps are often more efficient than gas furnaces at heating homes in most climates, and more cost effective due to the cost of gas. Heat pumps are environmentally friendly since they do not burn fuel.
Since heat pumps transfer heat rather than produce it, they are generally less effective in cold climates where temperatures often drop below freezing. If there is not much heat outside, then the heat pump has less to transfer into the home. To combat that, heat pumps come with a supplemental system of heating air with heating coils, however this feature can decrease efficiency and the financial savings associated with the heat pump system.
Gas Heating Systems
Gas powered heating systems create their own heat by burning propane or natural gas to heat your home. The gas is ignited in the combustion chamber of the furnace, then circulated throughout the home.
Gas powered units are frequently less expensive up front than heat pumps; gas powered units can keep homes warm regardless of the outside temperature.
The fuel needed for gas furnaces is significantly more expensive than running an electric heat pump. Gas furnaces require regular maintenance, and emit low levels of carbon monoxide that is toxic at higher concentrations and must be regularly monitored to ensure safety.
Whether you prefer the dependability of gas, or choose the low maintenance of a heat pump, A1 Comfort Systems can assist you with conversion, installation, and servicing of your home’s heating system. A1 Comfort Systems also provides carbon monoxide detection to ensure the safety of you and your family. Please view our heating and air FAQ section to learn more about our services.