Gas heat versus electric heat

Gas heat versus electric heat

If your old furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan, there are two common choices for replacement: Gas Heat and Electric Heat.  Both options have pros and cons to consider — including the following:

GAS HEAT
Pros:
Less expensive to operate: Almost everywhere in the country, natural gas is significantly cheaper than electricity.  If you run your heater a lot during the winter, a gas furnace can save you money over the long run.
Faster heating: Gas heat tends to heat up the home faster than electric heat because the gas furnace produces maximum heat as soon as the burners start running.

Cons:
More expensive upfront: Gas furnaces cost more to purchase than electric units and the installation is more complicated due to venting requirements. This means a gas furnace requires a larger upfront investment than an electric one.
Shorter lifespan: You can expect a gas furnace to last 10 to 20 years, which is about half as long as an electric unit.
More maintenance requirements: Because they run on a combustible fuel, gas furnaces need to be maintained yearly to ensure safe, efficient operation. Skipping regular maintenance could put your family at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide gas.

ELECTRIC HEAT
Pros:
Lower upfront investment: The ability to install an electric furnace for less makes electric heat appealing to many homeowners. However, the savings you’ll enjoy upfront are only worth it if you don’t run your furnace very often.
Minimal disruption during installation: Electric furnaces don’t need to vent to the exterior, so they can be installed just about anywhere. The installation process itself is quick and painless, causing very little disruption to your home or daily routine.
Easy maintenance: While it’s still important to have an electric furnace checked annually, there’s less fear that a malfunction could be detrimental to your family’s health.

Cons:
Higher lifetime cost:  While some electric furnaces boast near 100% efficiency, the higher cost of electricity makes electric heat more expensive than gas. The lifetime cost of an electric furnace is higher than a gas furnace operating under the same conditions, even when taking into account the longer lifespan of an electric furnace.
Slower heating: An electric furnace must spend time powering up the heating element before it can start to warm your home. This means you have to wait longer for the effects of turning up the thermostat to kick in.

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If you need help repairing, maintaining or selecting a new gas or electric heater for your home, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Blackall Mechanical.

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