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Gas Furnace vs. Electric Furnace: Your Heating Options

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Gas Furnace vs. Electric Furnace: Your Heating Options

When it comes to furnaces, homeowners have a few choices in fuel types. Two of these choices are electricity and gas. Electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, and have proven to be a good choice for certain homes. But no matter which furnace you choose, make sure that you hire professionals for your furnace installation service in Wethersfield. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has helped multiple customers in the Wethersfield area choose and install heating systems, and we can help you from start to finish.

Electric Furnaces

As we mentioned above, electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, especially where energy efficiency is concerned. Electric furnaces heat by blowing the air heated by red-hot metal coils through ductwork. There are several benefits to installing an electric furnace that make them worth considering for certain households:

  • Good energy efficiency – because electric furnaces do not use a fossil fuel, they have an average AFUE rating of 95% and can go as high as 100%.
  • Long lifespan – the average life of an electric furnace is 20 to 30 years.
  • Lower installation costs – the cost for purchasing and installing an electric furnace can be more the 40% less than that of a gas furnace.
  • No need for a gas line or fuel tank – some homes do not have access to a natural gas line, and it may not be convenient to install a fuel tank.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are one of the most commonly-installed heating systems around. Using natural gas, gas furnaces heat air with a heat exchanger, and then blow the hot air into your living spaces. There are several benefits of gas furnaces worth considering:

  • Gas is usually less expensive – natural gas is less expensive to use as a fuel than electricity.
  • Gas heat is very effective – gas heat is around 130 degrees, and will heat your home faster than an electric system; this also makes gas furnaces more effective on very cold days.
  • Clean burning – natural gas is the cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels.

Choosing a heating system in Wethersfield is a big decision. If you need help deciding what type of furnace is the best fit for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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October 08, 2014 | Categories: Heating Service

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