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The Differences Between Gas and Electric Furnaces

Most of the homes in the Helotes, TX area rely on forced-air furnaces to heat their homes in the winter. The model is safe, effective and efficient, especially in parts of the country with comparatively mild winters like ours. Furnaces can be further broken into two categories:

  • Gas-fed furnaces which use burners fueled by natural gas to provide heat.
  • Electric furnaces which use heated coils powered by your household electrical grid to provide heat.

Both of them have benefits and drawbacks, and the model that works right for you might now work right for another household. It helps to have a good basic understanding of what each system can and can’t do for you.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces tend to cost more to install than electric furnaces, since they require piping to bring the gas fuel into your home. They also suffer from wear and tear more readily, and as a consequence, they don’t last as long. On the other hand, they cost less to run on a month-to-month basis, since natural gas costs less than electricity. And they tend to heat the home faster than electric models, which can make a huge difference on cold winter nights.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces don’t need a gas line to operate and can function quite comfortably with power from your home’s electrical grid. That makes them a smart option for rural homes without a civic gas line to rely on. They also tend to last longer and are less prone to breakdowns. On the other hand, electrical power costs more to run that gas heat, and the system will usually take longer to warm your house than a gas furnace would.

Whatever your circumstances, you can rely on trained experts to help guide you through your options. Count on the pros at D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc. 

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