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Converting from gas to electric furnace

I recently bought a house that has a gas furnace. I would like to convert to electric but I keep getting conflicting information. I used to live in a house with an electric furnace and no heat pump. When I ask local heating and air companies, they say if I'm getting an electric furnace they suggest a heat pump. I've looked up information and I don't see why I would need a heat pump, but I'm being told I need one. So, my question is, do I need a heat pump if I have an electric furnace?

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Posted 2013-07-29T23:11:18+0000  by Alison1derland Alison1derland
 

Hi lison1derland ,

 

You do not need a heat pump; however in most locations a heat pump makes more sense.

 

A heat pump will allow you to heat and cool your home with just one appliance, while an electric furnace would require a separate a/c unit to cool your home in the summer.

 

In most parts of the country, a gas furnace will cost much less to operate than an electric furnace.

 

Although an electric furnace will require less maintenance.

 

Mike,

Posted 2013-07-29T23:46:42+0000  by Mike_HD_OC
 
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