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Fri Jul 9, 2021, 03:38 PM

Replacing natural gas heat

I live in Delaware (a Zone 4 state) and have an OLD natural gas heater. My AC appears to be having problems and I was considering replacing it all with an electric heat pump. Supposedly they are more energy efficient during mild weather but become less efficient (b/c they have to run more) if it's very, very cold out. I also have a wood stove that I regularly use--often in place of the heater at all.

Has anyone done this? How has it been? I want to shift away from fossil fuels as much as possible.

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Delarage Jul 2021 OP
CurtEastPoint Jul 2021 #1
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Sinistrous Jul 2021 #4

Response to Delarage (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 03:41 PM

1. I am in GA Zone 7 and a little different perspective...

I have had a heat pump (well, 2) in the last 20 years and absolutely love it. The ONLY time it's not great is when it is sustained low temps like 20-30s. Mine is not dual fuel so the electricity kicks in and it can get pricey but as an example, my electric last month (June) when it was hot AF here in Atlanta, this 3/2 stayed nice and cool at around 72-74 for $125. Also on the plus side, my gas bill runs about 32 per month year round for hot water (tankless), cooking and clothes dryer.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 03:48 PM

2. Thanks

I may roll the dice. Friends here have a heat pump and say it's OK---but they also have a wood stove. I think I'll keep the natural gas for my cooking (until I upgrade to an induction range) and HW (until I get a hybrid electric HW heater). The dryer in this house was never hooked up to gas for some reason, but I usually hang my clothes out anyway (probably 90% of the time). There are only maybe a few weeks here where the temp is EXTREMELY cold for extended periods (like late Jan/early Feb).

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Response to Delarage (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 03:55 PM

3. Yep, same here... Janu-ugly and Febru-weary.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 04:01 PM

4. Suggest you investigate the high efficiency gas furnaces.

Had one installed a few years ago and I love it. Saved me a bunch of money compared to old furnace. I live in southern Pennsylvania.

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