Deciding Between An Electric Or Gas Furnace

Has your old furnace died and you need to get a new one? If so, be aware that this gives you an opportunity to change things up in your house with how it is heated. While selecting a furnace with the same fuel source is the most economical choice at the time of the installation, a furnace replacement gives you the opportunity to change things up. Here is what you need to know about the differences between electric and gas powered furnaces.

Electric Furnace Pros and Cons

One reason to use an electric furnace is because you want to have all the appliances in your house running on electricity. If you have already have an electric stove and water heater, the furnace may be the last appliance that still runs on gas. Switching to electricity means that you can completely disconnect from natural gas, reducing your bill each month for connection and delivery fees. You can even run an electric furnace on green energy, like wind or solar power, to further reduce your energy bill. Electric furnaces do not have the risk of leaking carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas that can leak into your house and be quite fatal.

However, while electric furnaces continue to become more efficient over the years, they are an appliance that still uses a ton of electricity. An electric furnace may also lack the power to heat a very large house, meaning you'll need to have two furnaces installed to get the job done.

Gas Furnace Pros and Cons

Having a gas furnace is very common throughout the US, and it will be easy to find an appliance will get the job done. In fact, the furnace can be much more powerful than its electric counterpart, meaning a large house will likely only require a single furnace to heat the space. The natural gas itself is also more affordable, which can be better for regions that get very cold and rely on their furnace for the entire winter.

Of course, natural gas has the inherent risk of causing carbon monoxide leaks, which means you need to make sure you have a CO detector that is working near the furnace. If you do not have a gas line in your house, you may find it to be too expensive to run the necessary utility line installed by your local natural gas company.

Speak to your heating contractor for more info about electric and gas furnaces.