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Electric or Gas: Choosing the Perfect Furnace

Unlike what many homeowners may think, furnaces actually come in many different shapes and sizes. Large, small, efficient, inefficient, gas, or electric—and while the first two categories might be easy for a professional technician to figure out for you, the last might be something a homeowner will need to be acquainted with. The answer to which type of furnace you should invest in, gas or electric, might not be a question that’s easily answered.

When it comes to HVAC in Norwalk, IA different types of furnaces suit different homes. A professional technician might be able to tell you which type of furnace they think could be a good choice, but ultimately it will be your decision when push comes to shove.

So today, we’re going to try and shed some information on each type of furnace and their advantages, in hopes that you have the tools to invest in the right system for you and your home.

The Major Difference

We understand that many homeowners might not understand the fundamental differences between them, and that’s what we’re here for! As the name implies, gas furnaces are powered by natural gas and electric furnaces are powered by electricity. It goes without saying that a natural gas furnace requires extensive gas piping to be installed, while an electric furnace can be set up from your home’s electrical system. Though, let’s go into detail about the exact advantages of each type of furnace.

Gas Furnaces

We usually advise that any homeowners with access to a natural gas pipeline take advantage of its affordability by having a gas furnace installed. These systems are incredibly efficient and have the effectiveness to heat your home during the coldest of winters. Not only that, but natural gas is clean burning and can be an incredibly affordable fuel source, which is important for your budget going forward.

However, these models are more expensive upfront than an electric furnace. Not only that, but many homes in our area don’t have access to natural gas pipes, which means they’re out of luck. Check with your professional service technician to see if you have that access.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces initially run cheaper than gas furnaces. They also serve as a convenient heating solution for small homes that don’t have the intricate piping and access to natural gas. During mild winters, electrical furnaces run affordably and effectively, but during cold winters when you need more power from your furnace—they begin to cost more than what natural gas might cost. Eventually, an electric furnace is going to outprice a natural gas furnace by fuel cost alone.

That being said, if you don’t have access to natural gas or would rather avoid having gas combustion in your home (which can be a real concern for some homeowners), then we advise using an electric furnace.

Unfortunately, we can’t make that decision of which furnace is right for you. What we can do, is answer any other questions you might have about the affordability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the various furnaces we offer, to ensure you’ve got all the tools you need to make an informed decision.

Interested in a gas or electric furnace? Give our team a call y’all, at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

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