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PA Power Production and HVAC systems

The pie chart illustrates the composition of Pennsylvania's power productio sources. Notably, natural gas contributes to over 60% of the state's electricity production, indicating a substantial reliance on this fossil fuel. Surprisingly, Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for nuclear power generation, a fact that may come as a surprise to many.

Gas furnaces and heat pumps by JBN Mechanical
How is Power produced in PA?

Considering whether to switch from oil to a heat pump? It's a decision with clear environmental and financial benefits. Oil heating not only harms the environment but also relies on a resource known for its unpredictable price fluctuations. The good news is, you don't necessarily need ductwork to make the switch. Even if you currently have an oil hot water baseboard system, transitioning to a heat pump is feasible and cost-effective. You'll likely save money, unless oil prices drop significantly.

Now, perhaps you're contemplating replacing your gas furnace with a heat pump. It's essential to weigh the efficiency factors here. Most gas furnaces operate at around 95% efficiency, whereas the electricity generated by gas-powered plants is only about 40% efficient. Unless you're planning to switch to a renewable energy provider, swapping your gas furnace for a heat pump may not yield significant environmental benefits. Additionally, navigating deregulated power contracts can be tricky. Variable rates, in particular, have caught many customers off guard in the past. While fixed-rate deals are generally safer, some automatically renew at higher rates, whether fixed or variable, after the initial promotional period.

For further insights or assistance with your heating system decisions, don't hesitate to reach out to me at 814-240-2455. I'm here to help you make informed choices tailored to your needs and circumstances.


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