What Is the Best Heating System for Your Portland Home?

Choosing the best heating system for your home can be a daunting task. Is a heat pump better than a furnace? Is gas better than electric?  Luckily, Comfort Heating and Cooling will give you a complimentary consultation and estimate. We don’t install just heating equipment, we customize systems unique to every customers’ space and lifestyle. Which energy-efficient and wallet-friendly home heating system is right for you?

Ductless heat pumps

When you want efficient heating and cooling but your home or commercial space doesn’t have ductwork, consider ductless heat pumps! Quiet and efficient, mini-splits work well in a variety of situations. Since they don’t require the installation of expensive ductwork, they’re perfect for homes that use a method of heating that’s expensive and inefficient. Ductless heat pumps are also great for:

  • Rooms that aren’t used on a regular basis
  • Rooms that get exceptionally cold
  • Home additions
  • Outbuildings
  • ADUs

Ductless heat pumps generally cost less to both purchase and operate than traditional furnaces. Plus, energy rebates and incentives are often available. Ductless heat pump installation is uncomplicated so you’ll be enjoying your new system before you know it. As an added bonus? Heat pumps cool too!


Furnaces blow heated air through ductwork and are a common and efficient option for many Portland area homes. The type of furnace you have, whether electric or gas, greatly affects the cost of operation. Remember that a furnace’s efficiency rating, or AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), tells you how efficiently the furnace uses fuel. The higher the efficiency, the higher the initial investment of your heating product. However, this higher cost will be paid back in a few years in the form of lower utility bills.

We tend to recommend natural gas or electric furnaces over oil. Not only is oil inefficient and bad for the environment, but the prices are volatile and subject to supply and demand. Gas and electrical furnaces both have their pros and cons, and varying levels of efficiency, initial costs, and long-term savings. What type of furnace installation is the best for your home? Electric furnaces are often the least expensive to purchase and install, although the price of electricity may make operation more expensive than systems using gas. Gas furnaces lack the durability and easier installation of electric furnaces, but they are cheaper and more efficient to operate in the long-term.

Contact Comfort Heating & Cooling

If you’re confused about the best option, our reliable technicians will assess your home and your needs and give you a recommendation. The right choice for you might not be the right choice for your neighbor, and that’s ok! We take pride in balancing all the factors that go into the decision-making process to ensure you end up with a system that you feel great about. Call 503-679-9276 to schedule your heating consultation today with one of our certificated HVAC technicians.