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Choosing the Best Furnace: Electric Vs. Gas

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Electric and gas furnaces are two sides of the same coin. They both produce powerful heat for homes that need it, and they do so at incredibly efficient rates. The only difference is in how they function, and that’s what this blog post is centered around.

Certain homes will be better off with a gas furnace, while others will actually save a lot of money and be just as comfortable with an electric furnace. The importance is figuring out which furnace is right for your home.

Why not take your info from the experts on furnaces in Clive, IA? We know the ins and outs of electric and gas furnaces, and we can give you a good idea as to which one will be right for you. We’ll talk about how these systems work, the pros and cons of each one, and which one could save you the most money in the long run.

How They Work

In order to understand the major differences between an electric furnace and a gas furnace, it’s important to know how they work. Gas furnaces tend to get the best reputation because of how iconic they are, but this is simply from the fact that people don’t know enough about electric furnaces. Let’s break each of them down to their core components.

  • Gas Furnaces. These systems run exactly how you think they do. Natural gas is funneled in from a gas line and it’s burned in a combustion chamber. The heat that’s created is exchanged into the fresh air that’s within your home (through a component called the heat exchanger) and eventually it gets sent to the rest of your home via the air ducts. Simple, efficient, and effective.
  • Electric Furnaces. These systems use a coil that heats up the air around it much like a toaster or an electric oven would. The major difference is that these systems specialize in creating enough heat for your entire home.

Now that you know how these systems work, it’s important to look at the pros and cons of each one.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are more common in homes than electric furnaces for a very good reason—they’re affordable. Natural gas is very cheap and clean burning, which means a high-efficiency natural gas furnace will affordably month to month. Gas furnaces also heat homes very quickly, since combustion is a faster heating source than electric resistance.

If you have access to a natural gas line, and you’re encountering some pretty cold temperatures, we advise homeowners to invest in this type of system. They work incredibly well for how much they cost, and you’ll feel the difference.

Electric Furnaces

Would you believe us if we told you that electric furnaces are actually more efficient than gas furnaces? They absolutely are! Electric furnaces are extremely efficient, but their cost-effectiveness will depend on the price of electricity and the kind of comfort you want.

We advise electric furnaces for homeowners that live off the grid and might not have easy access to natural gas. Also, if electricity is uniquely cheap in your area (perhaps due to hydroelectric plants) then electric furnaces can be a wonderfully affordable method to heat your home.

The team at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can get you set up with a furnace that fits your home. Call Schaal Ya’all!

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