As soon as the weather starts to change, we start to think of new ways to heart or cool our home as well. Most people would turn towards a furnace to do this. Usually, we only consider either the gas or the electric furnace. However, the possibility also exists to choose neither and that could be a better option. Some people find that furnaces are the better option for them, but this depends on personal situations. A few of the factors that could come into play include where you live, how you feel comfortable and how much you care about the environment. Instead of a furnace, you could also choose to install a heat pump. Not only are heat pumps more environmentally friendly, they also cost less to operate.
Heat pumps are by far the best option when it comes to carbon footprints. This is because they only use minimal electricity and then use heat from the air or earth to generate energy. However, the emissions created by an electric furnace are pretty much the same. Gas furnaces are the worst when it comes to their carbon footprint.
On the other hand, some people don’t care as much about being green. To them, what really matters is their outgoings, which means they focus on operating costs. If you are one of these people, the heat pump may just be the best solution out there for you too. In fact, the heat pump is twice as efficient in terms of operating costs as any other option. However, heat pumps are a lot more expensive to purchase than furnaces, which is also something to take into consideration. Of course, the return on investment is a lot quicker. The reality is also that a gas furnace is a very efficient way of producing heat. Unfortunately, natural gas is starting to get rare, which means it is very expensive to buy. Although it may be possible that a new type of gas is found, at which point the gas furnace will be the best option, this isn’t the case yet. The reality is also that there are many other factors that may be of influence in helping you decide which one is best for you. If at all possible, you should try each of the options so that you can find out which one you find best to work with. In doing this, you have the opportunity to work out which one gets the room up to the temperature you like the quickest for instance.