Air source heat pumps compared to natural gas? Is natural gas really cheaper?
It seems the comparison is always about the cost and that natural gas is cheaper. I agree its cheaper on paper but what about the other not often talked about savings especially the environmental impact that nobody seems to talk about?
Here in New England almost all our gas is from the Marcellus formation in PA/OH extracted through fracking which is reaking havoc on the environment there. I have a friend in PA that has been dealing with a polluted well most likely from fracking.
Why is nobody talking about the other benefits such as…
Completely eliminating the risk of a gas leak/explosion and venting and carbon monoxide. Or in my case the risk of storing 275 gallons of heating oil in my basement.
Reliability/redundancy . My Mini spits have required nothing but filter and coil cleanings. I have 3 12k 1 to 1 units so even if one fails I still have heat. They have been running 24/7 non stop with no issues. In the 5 years I used my oil furnace it failed to fire just about every winter, often at the worst time.
The natural gas connection charge would be $26 dollars a month here before I used any actual gas here. I can run my mini splits for a couple winter months off that yearly charge alone.
I was lucky that when I installed my solar panels 4 years ago and they sized them off the previous owners electric use so I had a ton of excess capacity. I installed mini splits to use up the excess capacity and my experience has been that this is the way to go.
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