Gas vs Electric Furnaces

December 10, 2019

There are several factors you should take into account when deciding whether to have a gas or electric furnace installed in your home. While they both heat up your home, they go about it in very different ways. So, should you choose a gas furnace or an electric furnace? Here are some things to keep in mind when making this important decision.

Electric Furnaces

An electric furnace is less expensive to have installed in your home than a gas one. They are easier to maintain and can last up to 30 years. Electric furnaces can be the better choice in warmer climates, especially in areas where having a natural gas line to your home is uncommon.

Electric furnaces are safer to operate than gas furnaces as you don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning. They are also quieter than gas furnaces.

The major downside to electronic furnaces is that electricity is usually more expensive than natural gas. This means they cost more to operate. They can also strain to meet heating demand when it gets very cold outside.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces work great in colder climates as they deliver more heat, and they are less expensive to operate. Modern gas furnaces are extremely efficient at turning natural gas into heat.

On the other hand, a gas furnace is more expensive to install than an electric one. As you have natural gas piped into your home, you must have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. In addition, gas furnaces are more expensive to maintain as they need to be professionally serviced at least once a year. They also make more noise than electric furnaces do.

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