When it is time to decide on a new furnace, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether or not you should use electric or gas fueling options. One of the most common questions we have about furnaces is whether electric or gas is the more efficient furnace option. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question, it is far more complex than that.
Natural gas is the more popular fuel, but many times, it all comes down to fuel availability. If you don’t already have the required piping infrastructure, gas may not be a possibility for you, or it may be very expensive or difficult for you to get natural gas directly into your furnace.
Oil and propane are other options if you don’t have a natural gas line. However, if you use either of these options, they will require fuel storage tanks that are expensive and difficult to install and maintain. You will need regular deliveries and proper storage options to make these furnace options work for you.
If you are looking for an easier, more convenient option and one that has fewer upfront costs, electric furnace may be a better alternative. Overall, electric furnaces are lower in cost than a gas furnace. While the initial cost of an electric furnace will be lower when you purchase a new mechanism, electric furnaces are not necessarily more efficient.
Over time, you will find that the cost to operate the furnace is more over time.
There are other factors to consider as well, which may impact your overall decision regarding your new furnace.
- Electrical furnaces are quieter and more durable than gas.
- Electric units typically last longer, as long as 30 years.
- Electric furnaces are quicker to install than gas.
- Gas furnaces are cheaper to operate.
- Gas furnaces heat the home faster than electric furnaces.
- Gas furnaces pair better with an air conditioner and heat pump for year-round cooling and heating.
No matter what type of furnace that you ultimately decide on, it is important to have the right professional on-hand for installation and repairs, should you need them.
If you have questions about your furnace, or about the different between electric and gas fueling options, then contact the experts here at Texas Pride Heating & Air. We are the Dallas/Ft. Worth area experts on all things related to your home HVAC system and are here to answer any questions that you may have.