The two most popular heating fuels across the U.S. are natural gas and electricity. Each offers certain advantages and disadvantages – you’ll want to weigh them carefully when deciding which type of heating system to install in your Cincinnati home or commercial building.
Installation Pros and Cons
Gas furnaces require a more complex installation than electric models. You’ll need a professional to install the equipment, and it must be vented to a chimney or flue to expel combustion byproducts safely. If your home or business doesn’t already have a chimney or flue, one must be installed, adding to the complexity and cost of installation.
Electric furnaces are typically faster to install. They do not require a chimney or flue, so installation is less complex.
Cost Pros and Cons
Purchasing a gas furnace will cost more than an electric model. Because natural gas fuel is cheaper than electricity, the cost to heat your home or business with gas will be much less than with electricity.
Electric furnaces cost less to purchase than gas furnaces. Regarding ongoing operation cost, electric heat is usually more expensive, because electric power is more expensive than natural gas.
Lifespan Pros and Cons
Gas furnaces boast a service lifespan of 10 to 20 years. Electric heaters can last 20 to 30 years. Despite which system you have, service life can often be extended through regular maintenance and care.
Maintenance Pros and Cons
If you have a gas furnace, it should be professionally maintained by your HVAC contractor each year. Most electric furnaces require simple maintenance, which can be done by a pro or some homeowners may feel comfortable doing so. Both systems should be repaired by professionals.
Safety Pros and Cons
The main safety issue associated with gas heat is carbon monoxide leakage. Proper installation, venting, and maintenance will improve the system safety. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each floor of a home with gas heat.
Electric heaters do not combust fuel, so carbo monoxide is not a risk. Should the system malfunction, a fire is possible. Regular maintenance can reduce this risk.
Nelson Comfort’s NATE-certified technicians will provide quality installation for whichever type of heating system you choose. Call us today to schedule a free estimate.