Most homes and businesses in Lexington are heated by gas or electricity. Both heating types have their pros and cons, and should be reviewed when deciding which heating type is right for you.
Installation for Gas & Electric Furnaces
If you are looking for a system with a quick and easy installation, an electric furnace is the way to go. On the other hand, gas furnaces require a connection to a chimney or flue so combustion byproducts can be released safely – if one doesn’t already exist, it will need to be installed along with the furnace so you may use it safely.
Cost of Gas & Electric Furnaces
A gas furnace will usually be more expensive to purchase and install than an electric model.
To operate, natural gas will cost less than electric heat. Natural gas utility is most always cheaper than electricity.
Service Life of Gas & Electric Furnaces
Electric furnaces can outlast gas furnaces by double the service life in some cases. Electric furnaces can be expected to last 20 to 30 years, while gas furnaces will run 10 to 20 years. With both types of systems, regular maintenance is needed to maximize service life.
Maintenance for Gas & Electric Furnaces
Each type of heating system requires annual maintenance. Maintenance for gas furnaces is more complex, requiring more steps than what’s needed for electric models.
When it comes to repairs, both system types should be serviced by an HVAC technician.
Safety of Gas & Electric Furnaces
Because they burn fuel, gas furnaces pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, if the system isn’t vented properly or if a malfunction causes incomplete combustion. Keep your home or business safe by maintaining your gas furnace each year. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the building to alert occupants of carbon monoxide exposure.
Electric furnaces do not pose a carbon monoxide exposure hazard, as they do not burn fuel. System malfunctions can pose a fire hazard, so keep electric furnaces well maintained to avoid issue.
For superior installation of gas or electric furnaces, call on the NATE-certified heating pros at Climate Control. Contact us now to request a free estimate.