When it comes to heating your home, the options are rapidly expanding, making things a little more complicated when you’re trying to figure out what’s best for your space and wallet.
Two popular choices are the installation of heat pumps and gas pumps. As any product does, both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to assess all details carefully and compare them with your property and family’s needs.
So, to help you get started, we’re taking a closer look at these two viable heating options.
First thing’s first: What is a heat pump?
In case you’re not quite in the know, a heat pump is an electrical device that extracts warmth from one place and transfers it to another. During cooler months, these systems extract heat from the outside air or ground and transfer it inside your home to give you that comforting warmth. In the summer, they work in reverse, extracting heat from inside your home and transferring it outside to cool it down.
In contrast, systems that depend on a gas pump are designed to burn natural gases to heat up your space. These pumps then distribute the heat throughout your home.
So, why are heat pumps better than their gas counterparts?
The main reason is efficiency. Heat pumps use electricity to shift warm air from one place to another – far more efficient than burning gas to create heat.According to AGL, heat pumps are more than capable of giving up to 6 to 10 times more energy than they use. That equates to a minimum of 600% more efficiency over gas alternatives.
So, in saying all that, another obvious advantage of heat pumps is that they are more environmentally friendly than gas pumps. Heat-dependent pumps instead rely on electricity to operate, and this source of power can be generated through renewable sources like solar, wind, and hydropower.
Meanwhile, gas is a non-renewable fossil fuel that heavily produces harmful emissions – something we are trying to cut down on as a country.
In addition to being more efficient and environmentally friendly, heat pumps also offer other benefits. For example, they’re capable of offering both heating and cooling in the same unit, making the need for a separate air conditioner obsolete. As an added bonus, they’re also far quieter and need much less maintenance.
The cons of heat pumps
While we’d love to stick to all the positives, it’s crucial to understand that there are always downsides to heat pumps as well. For example, they’re known to be more expensive to install and don’t always operate well in cold temperatures (Melbourne, we’re looking at you). That being said, advances in technology have made heat alternatives more efficient and effective in colder climates than they used to be in previous years.
Okay, so with all that in mind, how do you choose the best option for your household?
Well, the answer depends on a number of factors:
- The climate you live in
- The size of your home
- Your energy needs
- Your budget.
For example, if you live in a milder climate and have a smaller space to warm up, a heat pump may be a better choice for you. If you live in a colder location and have a larger home, a gas alternative is likely the best option. It’s also important to consider the upfront costs and ongoing maintenance costs of each.
With all that said and done, heat pumps are more efficient and environmentally friendly than gas pumps, but they still have their downfalls, as we’ve explained. While they may not be the best choice for everyone, they are certainly worth considering if you are looking for a new heating system for your home. As always, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional to determine which option is best for your specific situation.
Assessing which type is best for your household’s needs? Get in touch with Alpha Air now for a quote and further advice.