Originally published December 2013, updated December 2016
When it comes time to replace a furnace, many homeowners wonder, “Will gas or electric heat be the better choice?” The answer is that — it depends. Both furnaces can provide warmth and comfort to your Newnan, GA, home yet each type of heating system has its own unique advantages. This guide to gas vs. electric heating systems will help you to make an informed decision before you invest in a new furnace for your home.
Pros and Cons of Gas Furnaces
A gas furnace is one of the most energy efficient sources of heat for your home. Gas furnaces operate at up to 98 percent efficiency. In most areas, natural gas is less expensive than electricity for home heating, allowing you to save a significant amount of money on winter heating costs.
Gas heating systems are larger than electric systems and require ventilation equipment to dispel the toxic gases including CO2 that are produced during the combustion process. A problem within the furnace or ventilation system can result in a CO2 leak, which can be deadly. Gas heating systems require regular maintenance to ensure they’re operating safely and efficiently.
Pros and Cons of Electric Furnaces
In areas where natural gas isn’t available, electric heating is a cost effective solution to heat a home. Electric heating is safe and doesn’t produce any byproducts during the heating process. These systems operate more quietly than gas heating systems. However, electrical heating systems will cost more to heat the home compared to gas. Also, when outdoor temperatures are frigid, an electric heating system may sometimes struggle to maintain a high indoor temperature.
Making Your Decision
Both gas and electric systems last for about 20 years. Your budget, access to gas and electricity, and maintenance requirements may influence your decision. No matter which furnace you select for your home, scheduling regular maintenance and keeping up with filter changes will ensure long-lasting comfort.
When you’re ready for a new heating system, you can count on Airforce Heating and Air to guide you through the selection process. We’ll help you determine the right furnace size and compare energy efficient features that can improve indoor comfort. For more information about the pros and cons of different furnace types or to learn about our installation specials, give us a call at 706-407-4885.