Electric vs. Gas Furnace: Which One Is Better?

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As we begin to approach autumn, it’s never too early to begin preparing your heating system for its role of once again working around the clock, keeping your home cozy and comfortable. When it comes to selecting the best unit for your home, you may not realize how many routes you can take with heating systems, and the variety you have to choose from. There are two types of furnaces you can have in your home: gas or electric. Here are the pros and cons of each one, according to Maytag. As you decide which furnace is the better option for you, this info is a first step in the right direction.

 Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are tried-and-true. A gas furnace is a great option, because it runs on natural gas and can heat your home with ease. Consider gas furnace models especially if you already have a natural gas line attached to your property. Installation will be a simple process that can get an efficient heating system up and running quickly. Don’t have an existing gas line? The process will be slower and become a bit more costly, as you’d have to install the gas line first. In that case, you might want to go electric, but consult with the professionals to ensure you understand all the factors. Natural gas is often less expensive, and that’s important to note when comparing gas furnaces to electric models. Gas furnaces are easily compatible with both your air conditioner or heat pump. Keep in mind that when you have a natural gas appliance, you’ll need to install a carbon monoxide detector to protect you and your family in the event of an unexpected leak.

Electric Furnaces

Today’s electric furnaces can also provide a great home heating option. When thinking about what you’d like to go with, gas furnace vs. electric furnace, we still must ask – do you already have an active natural gas line that leads to your home? This can be a major determining factor in your decision. Electric furnaces put out plenty of heat, and if you live in a warmer climate that doesn’t suffer blisteringly cold winters, it should be plenty to keep your home warm – and cool, if you pair it with a heat pump or air conditioning unit. A negative that Maytag lists for electric furnaces is that they do not transfer heat well, so you may experience some temperature inconsistencies in your home. The more you need to rely on an electric furnace in an unexpectedly cold winter, expect to experience a hike in your electric bill.

Call McQuerry’s 24 HR Heating and Air Conditioning Today

At McQuerry’s 24 HR Heating and Air Conditioning, now a part of the All Air Systems family, we are experts in heating and cooling. Need help deciding the type of furnace that’s best for your home? We’re happy to use our experience to advise you in making the best decision. We’re available 24/7 to schedule a service, and are always available for any repairs or maintenance needs. Call us today at 636-225-0087. We service the surrounding area of Kirkwood, Missouri.