Pros and Cons of Gas and Electric Furnaces

One of the important decisions you make when getting a new furnace is whether to choose a gas or electric model. There are pros and cons to each you should consider.

Initial Cost

Electric furnaces feature a lower initial cost than gas ones. An electric furnace usually costs around twice as much to have installed as a gas furnace. The cost of installation varies based on where you live.

Long-Term Costs

Gas furnaces are much less expensive to operate than electric models. You’ll typically pay 2.5 times as much to heat your home with electricity instead of gas. The larger your house, the more you’ll save in the long run with gas.

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Life Expectancy

An energy-efficient gas furnace can be expected to last 20 to 25 years, assuming it’s properly maintained. The typical electric furnace will last longer than a gas heater. This makes up for the higher operating cost to a certain degree.

Maintenance Cost

A gas furnace needs regular maintenance to have a long lifespan. It also typically needs parts, such as igniters, replaced over the years.

An electric furnace doesn’t require as much maintenance. It doesn’t have a burner to clean or a heat exchanger that needs regular inspection, for instance.

Environmental Friendliness

Both electricity and gas can have a negative impact on the environment. This is especially true of electricity if the power company has coal power plants. Both forms of energy produce greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change as well.

Heating Demand

An electric furnace can struggle to heat a home in freezing weather. Gas furnaces, on the other hand, produce powerful heat.

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