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Which Furnace Is Better: Gas or Electric?

“Gas or electric furnace?” We often get this question from homeowners who are in the market for a new furnace. Gas and electric furnaces are both quite popular, but people want to know which one will objectively offer them the most benefit. This is a reasonable thing to want, but the reality is that neither system is objectively “better” than the other. How effectively your furnace helps you depends entirely on your own situation. Let’s go over some of the pros and cons of each, in order to help you decide. Remember, though, that you should always trust your HVAC technician’s recommendation when it comes to things like this.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are the more popular of the two furnace types, and are widely used across the county. Natural gas is an excellent fuel; it’s plentiful, cheap, and produces a lot of heat compared to the amount burned. The only real downside to gas furnaces is that they are dependent on a natural gas line, without which they have no fuel to burn. While natural gas lines are commonly found in a lot of homes, there are still some areas that do not have that option. In that case, there’s really no way for a gas furnace to function.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces use large heating coils to produce heat, instead of burning any sort of fuel. While electricity is a more expensive method of producing heat than natural gas, the advantage is that it can be used anywhere. If you have access to electricity, which you almost certainly do if you’re reading this, then an electric furnace will work for you even if a natural gas furnace cannot.

If you need help choosing a furnace, call Speedy Air Conditioning Service. We offer furnace services throughout Hobe Sound, FL.

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