There are several factors homeowners should consider when choosing between gas and electric furnaces besides the furnace’s safety.
It would be best to consider how the installation would impact your home and its occupants, cost, durability, fuel availability, and energy efficiency.
Most homeowners prefer natural gas furnaces. However, the necessary piping infrastructure is hardly available in all regions of the country. This setback forces homeowners to look for alternatives like electric furnaces. Compared to gas furnaces, electric furnaces require minimal upfront costs. Ordinarily, the gas furnace needs a qualified HVAC professional team to install. It may also take a few days to set it up to a functional state. However, after installation, a gas unit will be much less expensive to operate than an electric unit since natural gas is cheaper than electricity. Maintaining an electrical HVAC unit is generally less tedious than gas units. You can troubleshoot most issues without calling an HVAC technician. Gas furnaces offer instant results as they can heat your home faster than electric furnaces. This feature makes them more efficient in freezing temperatures. Electric furnaces, on the other hand, contribute towards environmental conservation because they have negligible emissions. Gas furnaces emit a low carbon monoxide level harmful to a home’s occupants and the environment. When it comes to durability, electric furnaces have a longer lifespan of between 20 to 30 years compared to gas furnaces with an expected lifespan of only 10 to 20 years. Homeowners with electric furnaces enjoy a quiet HVAC system than their gas furnace counterparts as gas units are often noisy. Even so, both furnaces have their pros and cons. Choose your furnace depending on the availability of the fuel and your budget needs.