When it comes time to replace a home heating system, many homeowners wonder whether an electric furnace or a gas furnace is the better option. Furnaces come in both electric and natural gas fired options, and other options for electrical heating as well. This comparison of the benefits of each type of heating system will help guide homeowners in making an informed decision that suits needs for comfort, energy efficiency, and the family budget.
Benefits of an Electric Heating System
Electric heating systems are available for homeowners who don’t have access to natural gas lines or when natural gas is too cost prohibitive. Electric systems don’t produce toxic waste products such as carbon monoxide. Electric heating is a cost efficient solution for homeowners looking to heat a three season room or a home addition. Baseboard or under the floor heating increases the comfort of a room that has tile floors, as these floors are otherwise cold during the winter months. Homeowners can choose an electric furnace, an electric boiler, or baseboard heating.
Benefits of Natural Gas Heat
Natural gas is an energy efficient way to heat a home. Gas furnaces can last for 25 years or more when properly maintained. Many people feel that gas furnaces produce a more comfortable type of home heating, as the indoor air is less dry with gas heat. Natural gas furnaces can be connected to a humidifier for added comfort during the winter months. In areas where the cost of natural gas is low, homeowners will enjoy low monthly heating costs when using natural gas furnaces to heat their homes.
New Heating System Installation Considerations
Choosing an electric versus natural gas heater is a personal matter that requires careful consideration. Some of the factors that a homeowner should consider before making a purchase include:
How much space needs to be heated – A heating system that is too small will leave the room drafty and cold, while a heating system that is too large will result in unnecessary high utility bills.
Utility rates – Homeowners need to do research about whether electric versus gas heat will be a better economic choice in their region.
System durability – A gas furnace usually lasts longer than an electrical unit.
Maintenance and repair costs – Gas furnaces need annual maintenance to ensure the combustion chamber, burners, and fuel supply are in safe operating order. Electric systems should be tuned-up annually as well.
Cost to install the system – Available tax credits. Federal, state, and local tax credits may be available for energy efficient home heating systems.
Trouble deciding which heating system is best for your home? Call a professional. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.