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Gas Furnaces vs Electric Furnaces: What to Know

Stephen Jabro

Having a good furnace is important for staying comfortable and saving money on energy bills. There are two main types of furnaces for homes: gas and electric. When choosing between them, consider which will heat your home effectively, be cost-efficient, and have a long lifespan. Here are some tips to help you choose the right furnace for your home.

What Are the Main Differences Between Gas and Electric Furnaces?

The main differences are the fuel source and type of combustion. Gas furnaces use either natural gas or liquid propane (LP). This gas combusts in a sealed chamber to generate heat. Then, the heat travels through a heat exchanger to warm the air.

Electric furnaces, on the other hand, use electric-resistance heating elements and coils. When the furnace pulls in outside air, these heating elements warm the air. Both gas and electric furnaces use blowers that force heated air into air ducts to heat your home.

Which One Heats More Efficiently?

Gas heat is typically faster and more energy-efficient than electric heat. Gas is a more powerful heat source, and it takes less time to combust than for electric coils to produce heat. Of course, electric furnaces still offer efficient heating capability, albeit at a slower rate than their gas counterparts.

Electric vs Gas Furnaces: Cost and Longevity

Consider cost and longevity when choosing between gas and electric furnaces.

Electric furnaces typically have a lower upfront cost than gas furnaces, and can last longer. They can last 30 years, whereas gas units often last 15 to 20 years. However, electricity, on average, costs more than natural or LP gas, making electric furnaces costlier to operate in the long run.

Having said that, it is worth noting that gas furnaces generally come with higher installation expenses but lower operational costs. On the downside, they tend to experience more frequent breakdowns and require regular maintenance and repairs.

Making Your Choice

Electric and gas furnaces are both highly efficient heating systems. However, if you’re still unsure of which one to choose, here are some other factors that can help you decide:

  • Your local climate and infrastructure
  • The cost of natural gas or LP gas vs electricity
  • Your home’s sizing and energy needs

Homeowners who have access to natural gas and reside in colder climates will find gas furnaces to be a more appropriate choice. Additionally, gas furnaces are also suitable for homeowners living in rural or remote areas, as they typically have better access to LP tanks and propane retailers.

Alternatively, those living in warmer climates where electricity costs less than natural gas or who don’t have easy access to natural or LP gas should consider an electric furnace. These furnaces can be a cost-effective option for homeowners living in areas connected to renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind farms.

Jon Wayne Heating & Air Can Help With Any Furnace You Choose

No matter which type of furnace you choose, Jon Wayne Heating & Air can help with your heating needs. We offer professional gas and electric furnace services, from new installations to annual maintenance. Contact us today to schedule service or request a free quote!

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