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The Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps and Gas Furnaces

When it comes to choosing a residential heating system, homeowners must consider a wide variety of factors. In addition to the initial installation costs, you will also need to take a look at different efficiency ratings and ongoing maintenance expenses. Here is a quick glimpse at some of the pros and cons of heat pumps and gas furnaces.


As a general rule, heat pumps tend to be much more efficient than gas-powered furnaces. Instead of heating up cold air to a comfortable temperature, heat pumps actually transfer warm air from one area to another. During the summer months, your heat pump will pull warm air out of your home and replace it with cold air. While natural gas is relatively inexpensive in most locations, running a furnace could end up costing you quite a bit extra every month.

Installation Costs

Here at Oconee Climate Control, we understand that installing a new heating system can be a major investment, and that is why we try to keep our prices as low as possible. If your home already has a gas-powered furnace, then we might suggest replacing the furnace since the ducts are already in place. Switching from a gas furnace to a heat pump will cost you more upfront, but you could end up saving money in the long run.


Even though the temperatures in Eatonton and the surrounding communities rarely drop below freezing, you must still consider just how effective these systems will be in cold weather. For extremely cold climates, a heat pump probably won’t be a great option. Even though those devices are very efficient, they might not be able to pump enough warm air into a house when the weather outside is well below freezing.

Here at Oconee Climate Control, we would love to help you find the perfect heating system for your home. Once we have installed your new system, our team can also assist you with services such as regular maintenance calls and emergency repairs. Call us today to learn more.

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