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Which Is Better: a Furnace or Heat Pump?

There are typically two types of heating systems to choose from: furnaces and heat pumps. Figuring out which one is best for your home can be a difficult decision.

Gas Furnaces They Typically Last Longer: Most gas furnaces will quote 15 years as their lifespan but with proper maintenance, they can last as long as 25 years. However, waiting 25 years to replace your gas furnace could end up costing you more money in repairs.

The US Department of Energy puts the life expectancy of heat pumps at 10-15 years, with a study showing 14 years as the average expectancy.

Gas furnaces are placed inside while heat pumps are installed outside, making them more susceptible to weathering and insects.

Heat Pumps They double as an AC, which can also mean they wear out faster running year round. However, installing one unit is less expensive than two.

Gas furnaces burn natural gas, like carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if there is a leak. Heat pumps don't produce any natural gas, making them safer,

Heat pumps are generally quieter but still generate outside noise. However, the indoor air handler part of the heat pump is overall quieter than a gas furnace.

Unless you are converting your home from one type of heating to another, installing a new gas furnace or heat pump are very similar in price. Higher efficiency models will cost you more either way which will be the main difference in prices.

For more questions about which heating system is right for your home, call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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