How to Make the Best Furnace Choice
There’s really no shortcut to determining the best furnace to buy; you need to do your homework. Having supplied furnaces to Minneapolis homeowners for years, our research and experience can help. What you need to decide for yourself, though, is how important is energy conservation vs. cost? Choosing between natural gas and electric makes a difference to the environment and where your money goes.
Benefits of Natural Gas
The advantage to choosing a natural gas furnace is, that due to the natural properties of gas, the energy works harder and more efficiently for you, which means less waste. It’s a clean fuel with lower emissions compared to other energy choices, and it’s produced domestically in the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, direct use of natural gas reduces energy waste. More than 90 percent of the natural gas that is produced is delivered to your home and used directly by your natural gas appliances. Natural gas appliances in your home reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent.
According to the American Gas Association, 70 percent of the energy used to generate electricity is lost during the process of generating, transmitting and distributing the electricity to your home.
This means electric heating appliances, even supposedly highly efficient ones, actually waste large amounts of energy. By contrast, from the wellhead to your home, natural gas loses only about 10 percent of its useable energy.
Pros and Cons of Electrical Heating
Electric furnaces are considered safer because automatic breakers protect them from overloading. You can get an electric furnace started quickly, and they operate quietly. Since an electric furnace has no flame, you don’t have to relight a pilot light or deal with combustible fuels in the house.
Electric furnaces are often less expensive than other heating options, so your up-front costs are lower. They don’t require additional fuel pipes and expensive fuel storage tanks. Electric furnaces also don’t need venting, eliminating material costs and reducing installation time. We all know how fast service hours can add up!
Because electric furnaces have fewer moving parts, they’re easier to maintain than a natural gas furnace, so your maintenance costs may be lower, making electric an affordable choice. The downside is your electric bill. Heating with electricity is often more expensive than heating with natural gas or fuel oil.
Choices for Your Home
Now that you know the difference—pros and cons—between natural gas and electric furnaces, let us help you determine the best solution for your home and budget. Call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning and talk with one of our experienced sales representatives.
If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation. During the winter months, our team is on call 24-hours a day for emergency service.
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