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by Jon Nunan

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Though there's no lack of sunny days and high temperatures in Sacramento, gas furnaces are a popular feature in many Central Valley homes. Other heating units like boilers or electric baseboards certainly make an appearance in some houses, but when it comes to efficient, effective heating in Sacramento, gas furnaces are still at the top of the list. With energy costs constantly on the rise and environmental factors becoming a concern to more and more homeowners, having a heating system that runs smoothly and uses as little energy as possible is a big priority for many homeowners. If you are building a home, remodeling a property, or simply want the best performance possible from your existing furnace, there are a few things you should know.

Sacramento Gas Furnace Efficiency
Due to the generally warm climate of Sacramento, gas furnace efficiency is not as big of an issue as it might be in other parts of the country. When it comes time to install or replace a gas furnace in Sacramento it's probably okay to skip the most efficient models if you want to save a few bucks. Though expensive, ultra-efficient furnaces might be a huge benefit in Boston or Chicago (and may even pay for themselves over time), Sacramento's climate makes spending a ton of cash on the biggest and best furnace a bit less crucial.

Instead of initially spending a lot of money on the fanciest gas furnace, Sacramento homeowners are generally better off purchasing a less expensive unit and keeping it in the best shape possible. Having your heating system professionally inspected once a year is a good way to ensure smooth, efficient operation and to identify and fix small problems before they become big ones.

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Sacramento Gas Furnaces vs. Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are dual-purpose units that can provide your home with cool air in the summer as well as warm air during the winter. They are convenient, efficient, and if you already have ductwork in place for central air conditioning, heat pumps are pretty easy to install. They do not heat as effectively as a gas furnace system, and they do not cool as effectively as a conventional air conditioning system; in extremely warm or extremely cold climates, installing a heat pump is not likely to be the best option. In Sacramento, a heat pump should easily be able to handle the heating requirements of most homes and are an excellent alternative to having separate gas furnace and air conditioning systems. Some heat pumps are better at cooling and some are better at heating; obviously in the Central Valley having a heat pump that focuses on effective cooling will be more beneficial.

Prices of Sacramento Gas Furnaces
There are a lot of factors that come into play when trying to figure out how much it will cost to install or replace a gas furnace. Sacramento heating systems that have been well maintained might be fitted with a new furnace for $3,000 (or even less). Heating systems that for one reason or another must be completely replaced or reworked can cost several times that amount. When taking both extremes into account, the average cost of gas furnace replacement is around $5,000. Nationally, heat pump installation goes for about $4,500 on average.

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.