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Typically, when heating systems or appliances are compared, all the costs that are incurred—purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance costs—can be combined into a life-cycle cost, the cost of ownership over a period of years. The table below compares the various types of central heating systems:
|Compare||Safety||Installation Cost||Operating Cost||Maintenance Cost||Life-Cycle Cost|
|Geothermal or Ground-Source Heat Pump||Excellent||High||Low||Low||Low|