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Gas or Electric Furnace?

If you're in need of a new furnace for your home, you have an interesting decision ahead of you: an electric furnace or gas furnace?

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it's up to you to weigh these as you come to your final decision.

Gas Furnaces

A gas furnace usually relies on natural gas as fuel to heat and distribute air throughout your home.

Pros: Since natural gas is less expensive than electricity, a gas furnace costs less to operate. It also creates powerful heat that can be distributed evenly throughout a larger home, and they pair nicely with an air conditioner to give you a comfortable home throughout the year.

Cons: A gas furnace might not be an option for your home, as not all homes have access to gas lines. A malfunctioning gas furnace can also spread carbon monoxide throughout your home, so you will need a functional carbon monoxide detector if you opt for this kind of furnace.

Gas furnaces also have a higher upfront cost.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces use electric resistance heating to heat and distribute air throughout your home.

Pros: They can be used even if your home doesn't have a natural gas line, and they tend to be more reliable than gas furnaces since they are simpler.

Cons: Electric furnaces tend to be less efficient than gas furnaces. Not only does it cost more to run an electric furnace, but they sometimes have to strain to distribute heat throughout a larger home. This can raise your electricity bills, especially if you need to turn up the heat on a particularly cold day.

Which is Right for Your Home?

If you have a larger home and access to a natural gas line, a gas furnace might be the better option for you. Gas furnaces tend to be more efficient than electric furnaces, and they heat your home a little more evenly. If you have a smaller home or lack access to natural gas, an electric furnace will work just fine. Electric furnaces tend to be less expensive initially, and they are a bit easier to maintain.

AAA Services is happy to help you determine which type of heater to install in your home. To schedule an appointment, call (303) 622-3449.

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