There are many options available to homeowners these days regarding furnaces and it can be rather overwhelming! One of the most common debates among homeowners is whether to purchase a gas or electric furnace. There are many factors you should consider before purchasing a furnace like cost, effectiveness, climate, and lifespan. We will breakdown the pros and cons of both options, so you have all the information you need before you need to replace your furnace.
Electric furnaces distribute heat throughout your home through a series of coils and heat strips. Generally, the upfront cost of an electric furnace is less expensive than a gas furnace. However, even though the upfront cost will be cheaper, electric furnaces are more expensive to upkeep long term. Electric furnaces are also less heat efficient and take up more time to heat up your home.
In general, here are the pros and cons you need to consider before purchasing an electric furnace:
- Cheaper to install
- Long lifespan: 20-30 years
- Safe: no carbon monoxide emissions
- Ideal for homes in warm climates
- Quiet while operating
- No natural gas required
- Can pair with air conditioner
- Expensive upkeep: electricity is more expensive than gas
- Less efficient
- Takes more time to heat up your home
Just like an electric furnace, a gas furnace can also be paired with your air conditioning system. These systems are powered by natural gas to create heat throughout your home. Gas furnaces can be a big investment upfront but depending on your area, they can be inexpensive to maintain. If natural gas is readily available in your area and you already have a gas line in your home, a gas furnace could be a great option for your home.
Unfortunately, gas furnaces emit a low level of carbon monoxide throughout your home which is why it is vital to be sure that your furnace is working properly at all times.
Here are the main pro and cons to consider before purchasing a gas furnace:
- Low fuel costs
- Less expensive to operate
- Powerful and highly efficient: heats up your home quickly
- Good for cold climates
- Can pair with air conditioner
- Shorter lifespan: 10-20 years
- Carbon monoxide safety concerns
- More difficult installation
- Loud when in use
Choosing the Right Furnace with Bluflame
Our expert team at Bluflame will assess your needs and specific requirements and pair you with the right furnace for your home. If you live in a warmer area like Texas or Florida where gas isn’t readily available or necessary, an electric furnace may be the right choice for you. If you live in a place where a “polar vortex” is common, such as Michigan or Ohio, a gas furnace may be the best choice for your home. If you have questions about which furnace type is right for your home or you’re in need of a furnace repair, contact the Bluflame team at (419) 823-9342.
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