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Gas Furnaces Versus Electric Furnaces in Lexington

Dec 1, 2016
Evaluate Your Heating Options | Climate Control

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.

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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