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Electric vs. Gas Furnaces: Which Should You Choose?

Has your old heater become less reliable lately? No matter what you do, your heating system can’t seem to get the job done right anymore. You’ve done everything possible to keep your furnace in good shape but eventually, every system will reach the end of its lifespan and chances are that is what you are dealing with. It is time for a furnace replacement!

The question is, what type of furnace is best for your home and heating needs? There are two main types of furnaces out there and we want you to have all the information possible about them so you can select the one that suits your needs best. Check out the details on gas and electric furnaces below and contact us for installation and other services when you need them.

Natural Gas or All-Electric: The Details

Furnaces have come a long way in recent years. They are definitely more reliable and efficient than their predecessors that used coal or wood to get the job done. Today, you are likely to find yourself choosing between a natural gas furnace or an electric furnace.

Natural gas furnaces utilize the combustion of natural gas to create heat. Natural gas is fed into the system where burners ignite it to create combustion gas. That combustion gas is then fed into the heat exchanger, a large metal component, where it heats up the air around the exchanger that is blown into the home. Don’t be mistaken though, even natural gas furnaces need electricity to do their job.

An electric heater on the other hand only uses electricity to create heat. The way that an electric furnace works is by using electrical resistance to warm up a series of coils. This is also going to warm the air in the furnace which is then blown into the home.

Which Option is Better For You?

When it comes to choosing between a natural gas furnace and an electric furnace, you are likely to ask which option is better. The truth is, one isn’t inherently better than the other. It is entirely dependent on your home and your heating needs.

For example, let’s say you live a little ways out of town and you don’t have any way to get access to a gas line. In this case, an electric furnace is likely to be a good option, especially if electricity is very affordable in your area. On the other hand, if you have a gas connection, then it is likely that you should opt for a natural gas furnace as this can be more affordable and can be very eco-friendly.

Like we mentioned above, choosing the type of furnace for your home is going to be dependent largely on your home’s needs and your situation. If you aren’t sure how to choose your next system, we can help you out.

The team at Alltek Services is here for you whether you need furnace installation, furnace repair in Killeen, TX, or a furnace replacement.

Contact Alltek Services to learn more about your furnace options or to schedule an appointment for an installation or replacement.

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