When building a new home or preparing to install a new heating system in your current home, two popular options include a gas furnace or a heat pump. One is not superior over the other, but both systems do have their own set of pros and cons. While these should all be considered while making your decision, only you can determine what is best for you and your home’s heating needs. We’ve put together a guide to help you decide if a gas furnace or a heat pump is best for your home.

Gas Furnace

A gas furnace generates heat from the cool air inside your house and sends the warm air back into the living spaces. To produce the energy required to warm the air, a furnace ignites a fuel source, such as gas. A furnace needs to be located in a central location of your home and then distributes the warm air via ducts. 

Pros:

  • Noticeable Warmth – Electric heat often receives a lot of complaints, especially on the coldest nights, for not producing enough heat. A furnace rarely gets criticism like this and it can be used without the need for a backup heat source. 
  • Lifespan – While properly maintained, a furnace can see a lifespan of 15 years or even more. 
  • Operating Cost – On average, gas is a less expensive utility than electricity making a furnace less expensive to operate than a heat pump. A furnace also has fewer elements than a heat pump, making maintenance costs lower. 

Cons:

  • Gas Line Installation – A furnace requires a natural gas line and if your home does not currently have one, you will need to have one installed. This installation can be costly, if it is even possible depending on the configuration of your home. 
  • Blower Fan – A functional piece of a furnace is the blower fan, which tends to be loud. If you are sensitive to noise, you may opt to install a heat pump over a furnace. 
  • Safety Concern – One of the biggest concerns with installing a gas furnace is burning natural gas which can be deadly at high levels. To combat this, install a carbon monoxide detector if you choose a gas furnace.

Heat Pump

A heat pump is unique in the way that it has the ability to cool or heat your home. Compared to a furnace that creates heat, a heat pump absorbs heat from its surrounding air and transfers it to your home. These units are best suited for warmer climates and are often installed in new construction homes. 

Pros:

  • Efficiency – Heat pumps are incredibly efficient and can transfer up to three times more energy than it consumes. As it consumes less energy, your utility bills will likely be lower as well. 
  • Noises – Operating very quietly, several homeowners rarely notice when their heat pump is on. This is an incredible advantage of a heat pump over a furnace. 
  • Life Expectancy – With an average life of 15 years, heat pumps are durable and long lasting. To ensure your heat pump lasts as long as it can, proper maintenance and routine repairs are necessary.

Cons:

  • Upfront Costs – Often greater than the upfront costs of a furnace, a heat pump can be a great investment that often pays off over time due to the lower utility bills. 
  • Maintenance – As a heat pump is typically used year round for heating and cooling, the maintenance requirements are greater. If you choose a heat pump over a furnace, you can expect to have greater maintenance costs. 
  • Air Temperature – When used in lower temperatures, a heat pump can be less effective because it pulls the heat from the outdoor air. You may need to supplement your heat source if you require a more intense heat.

Deciding between a furnace or a heat pump is a decision only you can make based on your needs. Living in Arizona, a heat pump is a great option, but if you are looking for a greater source of heat, a furnace may be for you. 2C’s Cooling & Heating is also available to help you by assessing your home and answer any questions you may have. Contact our office at 602-881-5378 to schedule your free estimate today!

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