HeatingFurnaces: Gas vs. Electric

servicing-furnaceWe are definitely moving out of the hottest time of the year, and it will not be long before we turn to our heating systems regularly to help keep our homes warm. Now is the time to be scheduling your furnace maintenance services, and to handle any necessary furnace repair in Everett, WA. If you are thinking about having a new heating system installed before the chilliest weather of the year really arrives, then it is definitely time to get that project underway. Replacing a heater is a major investment, though, so don’t rush into anything.

Even if you know that you’d like to use a furnace to heat your home, you still have some decisions to make. Mainly, are you going to be using a gas or an electric furnace to heat your living space. Like any other heating system, furnaces of any design have their pros and cons. Consider the following information, and be sure to reach out with any questions that you may have regarding your furnace selection. We have the answers that you need to choose your furnace confidently.

Gas Furnaces

Natural gas furnaces may well be the most common and beloved heating systems in the country. They have earned their place as a favorite among homeowners for a number of reasons. Natural gas is piped directly onto your property, into your home, and to those appliances using it, for instance. And we say appliances purposefully, as natural gas may be used with clothes dryers, water heaters, ovens, and ranges in addition to your furnace.

Because the fuel is piped right into the home, you don’t have to worry about on-site storage as you would with something like oil. Natural gas is also a largely domestic product, so it doesn’t really see the price fluctuations that imported oil is subject to. That all being said, using a gas furnace does necessitate that you have access to natural gas on your property and that you are comfortable with piping natural gas into your home. If you don’t have the hookups necessary, you may want to explore alternatives.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces can be used in any home where electricity is available, so unless you are completely off the grid and without electronics in your home, you’re covered. Electric furnaces are affordable, and they are actually incredibly efficient. They typically land around 95-100% efficient, in fact, because they do not lose any of the heat that they generate to flue gases. Even so, they can still be more expensive to run than natural gas furnaces. This is due to the relatively high cost of electricity.

Typically, homeowners with the option are going to stick with natural gas furnaces. In cases where this is not an option, though, or for homeowners with supplemental heat sources, an electric furnace is a convenient and efficient method of home heating. Regardless of which type of furnace you choose to use in your home, remember that you’ll want to have it installed and serviced by trained professionals.

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