The furnace is one of the most used pieces of equipment in your home. It is also one of the most important. Since they are largely responsible for your families comfort, it is wise to choose a heating system that is best suited for your climate, house size, and budget.
The two major types of furnaces used are natural gas and electrical. These two are different in the way they operate. Your home’s hookups will largely dictate what type you get, but if you have a choice, understanding the pros and cons of each is helpful.
Cost. Electric energy is relatively expensive compared to gas. On the other hand, natural sources of energy are (in the current times) increasing in price. This includes gas prices as it is extracted from the crude oil through fractional distillation. In addition to this, when you use an electric furnace at home, you may have to purchase a backup generator just in case there is a power outage.
Availability. Gas as a source of energy is subject to depletion as it occurs naturally. An electric furnace, on the other hand, depends on man-made sources of energy so environmental factors are less influential on electric systems. However, at times, there might be power blackouts that leave gas to be the best option for a home furnace. Unlike gas, production of electricity can be controlled. Large masses of water can be stored to be used in its production during the dry seasons.
Heat. During the cold season, electric heaters are known to produce less heat as compared to gas heaters. Therefore factoring in the additional cost of running space heaters or other warming devices (like electric blankets) should also be considered when your deciding between and electric or gas HVAC system
Balance the pros and cons of using either a gas or an electric furnace for home and pick the one that suits you the best.