It looks like my 20 year old gas furnace is in need of some serious repair, so I need to consider purchasing a new unit.
We don’t have central AC right now and while we really only need it about 12 to 14 days out of the year, it certainly would be nice to have on those days.
I’m trying to decide if I should go with a heat pump with gas furnace backup or go with a high efficiency gas furnace with an AC unit.
I’m in the pacific NW and our temps are usually pretty temperate. We get maybe 15 days or so below 30 and as I said above, 12 to 14 days in the high 90s. Seems like a good range for a heat pump, but what I’ve read about heat pumps is giving me serious second thoughts. First, it sounds like they don’t give out a “warm” heat like a gas furnace. Second, they can cause a big mushy mess around them due to the defrost cycle. Finally, they don’t tend to last as long.
So anyone have any experience with heat pumps or are there any contractors around here that can offer up some advice?