This is Not Your Father's Heat Pump...(It's a Gas, Gas, Gas)

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

Remember back years ago when the ‘Heat Pump’ was the big push for theHeat Pump power companies because it was so energy efficient as compared to the electric heat and air conditioning? Problem was that, back when it first came out, it was  energy efficient but it wasn’t very user friendly. That is to say, the “warm” air wasn’t warm at all; in fact, it felt almost cool. But, all said and done, the heat pump did achieve the desired temperature in your home…it just didn’t always feel like it.

Gas Furnace and Water Heater Then there was natural gas. It was a favorite for a lot of homeowners for several reasons. First, it was so affordable. A family could heat their home for considerably less with gas than they could with electric, and then there was the added benefit of how gas heat felt. It billowed out of the vents, soft and warm, and it filled the home from top to bottom with a warmth you could feel…a real difference over a heat pump. And then there was also the water heater...if you used gas to heat your water back then, you got the benefit of twice the recovery rate (twice as fast) of electric water heaters at half the cost. Wow. Quite a deal.

Then, a few years back, something interesting happened. The manufacturers of heat pumps are always working to improve their product – like any manufacturer – and a few years back, that work really paid off. Not only had they been able to continue to make a more energy efficient product, they did so while making the air discharge on the heat cycle considerably warmer than before, resulting in vented air feeling like a heater! Yay! So, this was quite a step in the evolution of heat pumps – no more walking around in your home which is 68 degrees, feeling like it is 58 degrees.

ANNNND! Lo and behold, not only did this evolution deal a blow to theGas Prices Rising natural (and liquid petroleum) gas markets, the price of these fuels went through the roof, so people started to look elsewhere for their heating needs, and…well, you guessed it. The heat pump is the first, most natural place to look, so the heat pump marked took a double leap: 1) It improved itself and drew more customers on its own and 2) the gas market out priced itself and gave up its customers to the heat pump market.

So nowadays, folks tend to ask for heat pumps over gas units, except for the hard core gas lovers. Some folks just love that “moist” heat and the way it permeates the home, as well as the rapid recovery rate of the hot water that only the gas heater can offer. The electric water heater can't touch that, but, it’s hard to beat the new 16 SEER heat pumps, too.

Suffice it to say, you can’t go wrong with either…it’s just a matter of which you prefer and how much you are willing/able to dish out now and in the long run.

All this talk of heating makes me want to snuggle up next to the fire and sing Christmas carols. Mmmm…Well…except for the fact that it is 65 degrees outside and not even Thanksgiving yet. HaHa!Thanksgiving Vignette

Happy Wednesday!

And if I don’t see ya again before Thursday…



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Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Here many folks still prefer natural gas heat.  Four years ago my new heater is a combo of heat pump and natural gas.  Up to a certain temperature it works like a heat pump and than will switch over to the natural gas.  It all beats me.  I just set the thermastat.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Nov 23, 2010 02:41 PM #1
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I love gas heating.... my water heats faster, my dryer dries clothes faster, and there is that soft gentle warm air that comes in when I am really cold.

Nov 23, 2010 03:19 PM #2
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

You can now buy "dual fuel" heat pumps.  They have the normal  heat pump cycle but the back up heat can be gas or electric.

If you have it set to gas, you can "force" the gas heat on anytime you want to pay the extra money.




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