If you are in the market for a new heating system, you should know the benefits and drawbacks of a gas furnace and heat pump. Residents in Cincinnati can utilize either system and enjoy a comfortably warm home. Understand the benefits and differences of each system to decide which unit will fit your home the best.
Pros: Gas Furnace
A gas furnace offers several benefits for homeowners. In order to take advantage of the benefits listed below, you want to make sure you have a properly sized furnace installed. A unit that is too big or too small for your home will cost you more money in energy and repairs. With a properly sized unit, you will enjoy:
- Long lifespan – up to 15 years and with preventative maintenance it can last longer
- Only has an indoor unit, which doesn’t get insects or debris lodged in it
- Heats rooms quickly
- High efficiency units offer great fuel utilization and lower energy costs
The disadvantages of a gas furnace are the increased risk of a gas leak and carbon monoxide poisoning. Also a home’s indoor air quality can become comprised due to the gas that can leak out of the furnace.
Pros: Heat Pump
Heat pumps are great options if you are looking for replacing your current heating and cooling systems. They offer you versatility with using only electricity for cooling your home in the summer and still heating your home during the colder months. Other benefits include:
- Energy efficient
- Lower installation costs
- Lower operating costs
- Quieter performance
- No risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Controls both heating and cooling of a home
A heat pump has more mechanical parts compared to a gas furnace, which can lead to more breakdowns when not properly cared for. More breakdowns mean more spending money on repairs. Another disadvantage of a heat pump is they aren’t as effective in heating a home in extremely cold climates.
Nelson Comfort has knowledgeable staff and NATE-certified technicians ready to assist you. Call us today to see which system is best for your home to achieve maximum comfort!