At some point, you will probably need to replace your current heating system. If you live in a colder climate, you will probably choose some type of furnace over a heat pump because heat pumps do not perform as well as furnaces in cold climates. Once you have determined that you will purchase a furnace, […]

At some point, you will probably need to replace your current heating system. If you live in a colder climate, you will probably choose some type of furnace over a heat pump because heat pumps do not perform as well as furnaces in cold climates. Once you have determined that you will purchase a furnace, you will next need to decide whether to purchase an electric or gas furnace. There are pros and cons associated with both types of heating systems.
Pros and Cons of an Electric Furnace
There are several pros and cons for purchasing an electric heating system. First, the purchase price of an electric furnace is generally lower than a gas-powered system. Your initial investment will be lower if you purchase an electric unit. However, the cost to operate the furnace will be higher than the cost of operating a gas unit.
Another pro of the electric system is that these systems are quiet and usually more durable than gas units. The lifespan of an electric furnace is between 20 and 30 years. The installation process is generally faster than with a gas unit. Therefore, an electric unit is often the choice for many homeowners because the household experiences only minimal disruption during the installation of the unit.
Maintaining an electric unit is very straightforward and does not require a great deal of effort. Many times, the homeowner is able to troubleshoot and resolve issues without the assistance of an HVAC professional.
Finally, electric units pose a lower risk to inhabitants of the home. Gas furnaces emit a low level of carbon monoxide and the homeowner must ensure that the unit is functioning properly at all times. Electric units do not need as much attention.
Pros and Cons of a Gas Furnace
A gas heating system is less expensive to operate than an electric unit. Natural gas is a cheaper form of energy than electricity and over the past few years, the cost of natural gas has actually decreased. However, a gas-powered unit will require a larger initial investment than an electric unit.
Gas heating systems generally heat the home faster than electric units. Gas systems tend to be more effective and efficient in very cold temperatures because gas systems will achieve a higher temperature than electric units in extreme temperatures.
Additionally, the lifespan of a gas unit is about half of that of an electric unit. The lifespan of a gas heating system is generally between 10 and 20 years. The installation process can be more involved than the installation of an electric unit.
Gas furnaces must be regularly and judiciously maintained. Because these heating systems emit a low level of carbon monoxide, the homeowner must ensure that the furnace is well-maintained for the safety of the home. Regular professional maintenance by an HVAC professional for your gas-powered furnace is essential.
If you have additional questions about the type of heating system that would be ideal for your home, contact “Green Apple Mechanical NJ” toll free at  (888) 611-7191 for more information.

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