If you don’t have gas running into your home, you can’t have a gas furnace installed. While many homes in the Kansas City Metro Area have gas, not all of them do, which means that these homeowners need a different option. Electric furnaces are available for gasless homes, but they generally use a lot of energy, which will dramatically increase your electricity bill. To increase the efficiency of an electric furnace, you can have a heat pump installed to work in conjunction with the furnace. When you add a heat pump to your electric furnace, you can improve the efficiency enough to save up to 30 percent on your heating bills.
Heat pumps condense the heat found in the outside air and brings it into your home. When it is colder than about 30°F, there isn’t enough heat found in the air to warm your home with just a heat pump, so the backup electric furnace will kick on to heat your home. Since the heat pump does the heating for most of the heating season, you won’t have to worry about the high prices of running an electric furnace for much of the year.
Heat pumps can be a bit expensive, but there are rebates and tax credits that you may be able to make use of when purchasing a heat pump. Additionally, you will save a ton of money on your heating bills without having to find a way to have a gas furnace installed in your home.
Since electricity costs don’t generally decrease, when possible, a gas furnace is probably going to be a cheaper option in your home.