The first, and perhaps the most important decision you will need to make when purchasing a new furnace is deciding what type of fuel source your new furnace will use. For most people, this will mean choosing between gas furnaces and electric furnaces. While there are certainly many other options from which you can choose, more than 90% of all residential furnaces will make use of one of these two fuel sources. Today, I would like to help you determine which of these fuel sources is right for you by sharing a bit more information with you concerning electric furnaces.
The Advantages of Buying an Electric Furnace:
1. Electric furnaces require far less maintenance than gas furnaces. This makes them the ideal choice for people who simply do not have the time or desire to maintain their heating system on a regular basis. This will also help to minimize the frequency of furnace repairs in the event that the required maintenance does go unattended for any period of time.
2. Electric furnaces are one of the least expensive furnaces to purchase. Additionally, since these furnaces do not make use of fuel combustion, these furnaces are also one of the least expensive furnaces to install. This makes them the ideal choice for people who are looking to replace their old furnace, but must do so on a very tight budget.
3. An electric furnace does not give off any dangerous emissions that could potentially cause harm to you or your family. This is because most emissions such as carbon monoxide which are typically created by the home heating process are the result of a leak in the fuel combustion chamber. Since electric furnaces do not require this type of chamber in order to heat your home, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a leak is absolutely nonexistent with this type of furnace.
The Disadvantages of Buying an Electric Furnace
1. An electric furnace costs more to run every month than a gas furnace. This is because while electricity is cheaper per unit than natural gas, electric furnaces require far more energy to heat your home than a natural gas furnace will require. This means that you can expect to pay more each and every month in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Choosing to invest in a ultra high efficiency furnace can help you to offset this cost some. This is because high efficiency electric furnaces do not require as much energy as standard electric models.
2. An electric furnace may be more expensive to repair than a gas furnace. While these furnaces do not require repairs as often as other furnace models, when repairs are necessary they are often quite expensive. This is because the repair contractor who performs those repairs will need to have an electrician’s license in addition to their HVAC certification. This is the only way in which repairs can be safely performed on these appliances.
3. Electric furnaces are not very efficient at heating large spaces. This means that this option may not be available to you if you own a large home or office. In fact, people who try and utilize this appliance in a large space often find that they are unable to achieve a reasonable temperature in many areas of their house due to low air pressure in their vents. In order to achieve the desired temperature, people often have to set the thermostat much higher than the temperature they would actually like to achieve. In most cases, this simply means that you will be paying twice as much in order to achieve the same temperature as you would with a more powerful heating system.
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