Natural gas boilers and furnaces offer superior heating over heat pumps in cold regions, although their benefits wane in more temperate areas. Operating costs vary depending on local natural gas and electricity prices.
While heat pumps are generally considered reliable, their performance varies significantly based on the weather outside. Their performance can also be difficult to predict, leading many to prefer systems powered by natural gas.
In new homes, most heat pumps have the advantage of being able to cool a home when needed. This can allow homeowners who need air conditioning to install and maintain one system instead of having to use two.