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Should You Invest In a Gas or All-Electric Furnace?


We know that now really isn’t the ideal time to be trying to get a new heater installed. However, if your other options are a space heater or a faulty heating system, then making the leap to get a new whole-house heating system may actually be your best option.

We know there is a lot to consider when choosing a new heater. That’s why we want to help. Let’s discuss your options so you can decide between a gas or all-electric furnace installation in Hayden, ID and enjoy a properly warm home this year.

The Pros and Cons of a Gas Furnace

Gas furnaces are more often than not going to be hooked up to your natural gas supply. In some cases, it may use other fuel sources, but these situations are far rarer. The gas furnace burns natural gas, creating combustion gases that fill a heat exchanger. The metal heat exchanger is heated up, warming the air, and the combustion gases are filtered out of the house safely.

Natural gas furnaces are both effective and energy efficient. They can work in the extreme cold too, which is great news for our region!

The main downside with these systems is that they can wear down over the years and present a danger to the house they serve. With good maintenance and repairs, this risk can usually be avoided. Additionally, a gas furnace will be extremely expensive to install if you don’t already have a gas connection. However, if you have a gas line already, this system may be the ideal choice for your home.

The Pros and Cons of an All-Electric Furnace

Perhaps you want to consider an all-electric furnace instead of a natural gas system. This is a valid option, but you’ll want to make sure it is the right one.

All-electric furnaces utilize electrical resistance to create heat. These are “forced-air” heaters that blow heated air throughout the house. The core difference is just that they don’t burn natural gas to get the job done.

The benefit of these systems is that they are great for any house that doesn’t have an existing gas line connection. The cost of electricity in your area may dictate your decision though. If your electricity costs are too expensive, an electric furnace may prove too expensive to run even if installation is on the more affordable side. However, reasonable electricity prices can make this a very worthwhile investment.

Whichever type of furnace you choose, you should always make sure that you get the system installed by a trained professional. This is the only way to ensure that it will be able to provide you with effective and energy efficient heating for the longest number of years.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Schedule the installation of your heater today so you can enjoy a warm winter.

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