Differences Between Gas Furnaces and Electric Furnaces

Most of us here in Anaheim, CA use forced-air furnaces to heat our homes. They make an elegant¬†solution in towns like ours, where the winters are mild and the heating system can easily act in conjunction with the ducts from your air conditioner to keep your house warm. But furnaces themselves are divided into two basic categories: gas furnaces fed by burners using fuel from gas lines and electric furnaces that used heated coils to warm the air. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, and if you’re looking for a new furnace this winter, it pays to consider them both very carefully.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are usually fed by natural gas from a civic system, though some models use propane gas. By and large, they cost less to run than electric versions and tend to heat your home more quickly (which is part of why they save money on monthly costs by and large). However, they usually cost more to install, since gas lines need to be set up, and they don’t last as long as electric models do.

Electric Furnaces

Most electric furnaces work via the electrical grid in your house, and as such as easier to install than gas models. Also, because they don’t require gas lines, you can install them anywhere: making them a great fit for rural homes and homes off of the grid. They also tend to last longer, since they have fewer complexities and the coils themselves don’t require many moving parts. And because they don’t rely on burning gas (which can generate toxins as side effects), they tend to be safer as a rule. Unfortunately, they can be more expensive to operate from month to month.

Call JC Mechanical, Inc. today to discuss which type of furnace works best for your home 

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