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Gas vs Electric Furnaces: What You Should Know

Furnace heaters are known to be some of the most reliable heating systems out there. Energy-efficient and powerful, the modern furnace is capable of heating up your home while using far fewer resources than its oil or propane-burning predecessors.

Today you have the option to select a heater that is either gas-powered or all-electric. And while that might seem like an easy decision to some, it may not be as easy as you think. You deserve the ability to make an informed decision before you install a new furnace in your home. With that in mind, let’s look at what factors might make a gas-powered or all-electric furnace the right choice for you.

Deciding Between a Gas or All-Electric Furnace

When deciding which option to select for your upcoming heater installation in Kinston, NC, there is a lot to consider such as sizing and price. For just furnaces, though there are some additional factors that you may want to know more about when trying to choose between a gas furnace or an all-electric furnace.

What to Know About an All-Electric Furnace

All-electric furnaces are a newer type of system when compared to natural gas furnaces. This is because they use, you guessed it, only electricity to get the job done.

An all-electric system is considered highly effective and efficient. To start with, electric furnaces are 100% efficient, meaning there is no energy the system uses that isn’t turned into heat. That’s pretty impressive! All-electric furnaces are also great in that they don’t produce any fumes and can last a pretty long time because they don’t use combustion to get the heat you need.

These types of furnaces are great for anyone who doesn’t have a natural gas connection or is working to actively switch their home over to be completely electric. The one thing that you will need to remember when considering this system is that you will want to make sure that the electricity in your area is affordable because, if not, an all-electric furnace can easily become too expensive to run.

What to Know About Gas Furnaces

Let’s be clear, a gas furnace will still need electricity to do its job. However, it uses electricity to ignite or kick into gear while it burns natural gas to create heat. These systems have been around for a long time and today’s systems can offer incredible heat and energy efficiency.

Natural gas is a pretty energy efficiency resource to create warmth throughout your home. In a modern system, you can get up to a 98% AFUE rating which means only 2% of your fuel becomes waste products. This fuel source is highly affordable and also has little trouble functioning in extremely cold weather.

The key drawback of a gas furnace is that, as the furnace ages, it can present an increased risk of developing a cracked heat exchanger which can put residents’ wellbeing at risk. Thankfully though, regular maintenance and prompt repairs can easily prevent this issue!

Need help to decide on which system is best for your home? We are here to review your needs and pair you with the best furnace for you!

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