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Is an Electric Furnace Better Than a Gas Furnace?


When it’s time to purchase a new furnace for your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. It’s imperative to do your research and consult a professional before you make such a major purchase for your home. 

For homes that have access to natural gas, eventually, you’ll need to decide if you purchase a gas or electric furnace. Here’s a quick comparison of the different fuel options to help you make a well-informed decision. 

No matter which kind of furnace you choose, be sure to choose us for professional gas or electric furnace installation!

Gas Furnaces


The lifespan of a gas furnace is shorter than an electric one. So long as it receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs, a gas furnace should last 10-15 years.


Your home will need access to a natural gas line for installation. Gas furnaces are complex systems so you’ll definitely need professional installation services.


The upfront cost of a natural gas furnace is higher than that of an electric furnace. However, natural gas is a less expensive fuel than electricity, so if your home has access to a gas line, a natural gas furnace will cost you less in the long run.


A natural gas furnace requires annual maintenance to ensure its efficiency and safety. A gas furnace will retain about 95% of its initial efficiency through maintenance which helps reduce the wear and tear on the system,


The carbon monoxide and other gases that furnaces combust are safely vented out of your home. Although gas leaks are rare, they’re still a possibility. Regular maintenance will help avoid any issues along with being aware of the basics of gas furnace safety.

Electric Furnaces


The lifespan of an electric furnace is longer than a gas one. So long as it receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs, an electric furnace should last 15-20 years.


With no venting system required, installing an electric furnace is generally quicker and easier–and thus cheaper–than installing a gas furnace.


The upfront cost of an electric furnace is less than that of a gas furnace. However, electricity tends to cost more than natural gas in most parts of the US which means over time, you’ll pay more to run your furnace.


An electric furnace will require annual inspections and tune-ups to maintain its efficiency and to ensure you get the most out of your new system.


Electric furnaces don’t combust fuel so there’s no risk of gas leaks. However, loose wiring connections, frayed wires, and malfunctioning sequencers can trigger electrical fires. You should always hire a professional HVAC company to take care of routine maintenance.

The Verdict

As you can see, each type of furnace definitely has its pros and cons. For homeowners with access to a gas line, it pays to give it some thought.

Speak With a Professional

A professional HVAC company can help you determine which new furnace system is right for your home. When you need it done right, call Professional Heating & Air.

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