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Can I Replace My Lexington Electric Heater with a Natural Gas Furnace?

Nov 22, 2016
Electric vs. Gas Comparison | Climate Control

Did you know that natural gas is the most commonly used heating fuel throughout the country? Electric heating comes in second, as there are many homes and businesses outfitted with electric furnaces and other electric heating systems.

Natural gas heat typically offers some plusses that electric heat doesn’t, including hotter air temperatures and lower unit costs. These advantages lead many home and business owners to consider making the switch from electric heat to gas heat. Before doing so, you need to look at your home or building’s current heating system and infrastructure to decide if natural gas heat can be easily supported.

  • Does my current heater use ductwork? Gas furnaces are forced air and use ductwork, but not all electric heating does. An electric furnace is forced air, but electric baseboards and radiators are not. Switching from an electric furnace to a gas furnace is usually simple, as ductwork is already in place. If you want to replace electric baseboard heat with a gas furnace, ductwork must be installed. This is not only an extra expense, but your home or building must be able to accommodate the installation, which may not be possible.
  • Is my home or business connected to gas? To use gas heat, you’ll need to be connected to a gas utility provider. Even if gas appliances are not in use, some homes and buildings do have gas lines in place – if your home or building does, converting to gas heating will be simple. If you don’t have gas lines installed, you need to find out if you can connect to gas – natural gas isn’t available in all areas. If you can connect to gas, you’ll have to have gas lines ran through your home or building from the main gas supply. This can cost thousands of dollars.

Climate Control will help make your conversion to natural gas heat quick and painless. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn about the high-efficiency gas furnaces and heating equipment we offer.

About The Author

Dan Detmer
Dan Detmer is the owner of Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan purchased Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning based on their strong reputation in the Lexington community.If you have any questions feel free to tweet @HVACClimate and we will get right back with you!
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