Even though the temperatures are still mild in most places, colder weather is right around the corner. In fact, with the freezing Minnesota weather, you might have already turned on your heat. You might also be wondering which type of heat is better, specifically gas or electric. While it does depend on which type of HVAC system is in your home, it’s important to understand the differences between gas and electric.
Electric heating has become just as popular traditional gas heating. However, there are a few key differences between the two. To start, electric heating has a rather low investment. Gas furnaces take a lot of preparation prior to actual installation. In fact, some people have to make specific home renovations just so an HVAC professional can install a gas heating system. Electric furnaces, on the other hand, don’t require renovations and can be installed relatively quickly. They’re also very easy to maintain, which helps save on repairs.
However, there is a downside. Despite being always efficient, the lifetime cost is very of electric-based heating is high. Because of the cost of electricity being so high using electricity as the main power source can have an impact on your utility bills.
HVAC units that use gas for heat are more common in older homes. They’re known for their fast heating capabilities. Furthermore, gas furnaces tend to cost less when they’re being used. However, as we mentioned before, installing a gas furnace is a lot of work and can cause the final cost to skyrocket. They also tend to have shorter lifespans than electric furnaces and may require more maintenance than electric heating units. Homeowners also need to factor in the cost of fuel to run a gas heater.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as to what method of heating is cheaper. A lot of factors will go into the final decision. Although using the unit doesn’t cost much, the maintenance, installation cost and cost of fuel can impactly the price dramatically.
This goes both ways, so it ultimately comes to personal preference and what your home needs. If you’re looking for a reputable HVAC professional, look no further! Contact Ductworks Heating and Air Conditioning for more information.