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Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace: HVAC Experts Weigh In

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace

“Is an electric furnace or a gas furnace better?”

This is the question that most homeowners find themselves asking when it comes time to replace their existing heating system.

The truth is that there are many correct answers to this question. How can that be? Well, electric furnaces and gas furnaces each have their own set of pros and cons. We asked our HVAC expert friends to weigh in with their overall opinion. Here’s what they had to say:

Brian Lamberty (HVAC product manager)

Brian Lambert

For Brian Lamberty, while electric furnaces are more efficient, if homeowners are looking for monthly costs savings, a gas furnace is the best option.

“[In the Midwest], for every dollar spent to heat a home with a gas fired furnace, you would spend approximately $1.60 to heat your home with a comparable electric resistive heating means,” Lamberty explained.

This winter, he said the national average for heating a home with a gas furnace is expected to be $578, compared to $930 for homes with electric furnaces.

“Obviously energy costs fluctuate,” Lamberty added. “But, if you use this as a baseline estimate, over a 10 year span that would equal a difference of $3,520.”

Mike Weil (Vice president of communications for the National Comfort Institute)

Mike Weil

Mike Weil said in his area of Ohio, gas is preferred because it is much more cost effective.

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Thomas Jackson (CEO of Jackson Systems, an HVAC controls manufacturer and distributor)

Thomas Jackson

Jackson is a believer in comfort first, savings second—especially in colder climates like Minnesota—but in a perfect world he would recommend a duel fuel option.

Duel fuel would include a heat pump with your furnace system. Using a heat pump and furnace in the winter ensures that warm air is distributed consistently throughout your home—and there can be some major savings on your energy bill. (Learn more about heat pumps.)

Energy Star (a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Energy Star

Energy Star, the country’s leading authority on energy efficiency, also recommends going with a gas furnace.

“A gas furnace will cost less to operate and will likely result in fewer GHGs being generated,” Energy Star said.

Energy Star

Energy Star Tweet

For homes that don’t have a gas option, Energy Star recommends a speed heat pump.

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What Welter Heating Has to Say

At Welter Heating we specialize in furnace installation and repair for both electric and gas furnaces for our clients. In our decades of experience, the choice between gas and electric generally comes down to our customers’ main priority. If you’re concerned about initial costs, maintenance requirements or longevity, then an electric furnace is the way to go. If you’re OK spending a little extra upfront to save more money on energy bills, then a gas furnace is what you want.

Get the full break-down from Welter Heating: Gas vs Electric Furnace: Making the Right Choice.

Do you want more information on the pros and cons of electric furnaces vs. gas furnaces? We’d love to help. Get in touch with us today.

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Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace: HVAC Experts Weigh In

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace

“Is an electric furnace or a gas furnace better?”

This is the question that most homeowners find themselves asking when it comes time to replace their existing heating system.

The truth is that there are many correct answers to this question. How can that be? Well, electric furnaces and gas furnaces each have their own set of pros and cons. We asked our HVAC expert friends to weigh in with their overall opinion. Here’s what they had to say:

Brian Lamberty (HVAC product manager)

Brian Lambert

For Brian Lamberty, while electric furnaces are more efficient, if homeowners are looking for monthly costs savings, a gas furnace is the best option.

“[In the Midwest], for every dollar spent to heat a home with a gas fired furnace, you would spend approximately $1.60 to heat your home with a comparable electric resistive heating means,” Lamberty explained.

This winter, he said the national average for heating a home with a gas furnace is expected to be $578, compared to $930 for homes with electric furnaces.

“Obviously energy costs fluctuate,” Lamberty added. “But, if you use this as a baseline estimate, over a 10 year span that would equal a difference of $3,520.”

Mike Weil (Vice president of communications for the National Comfort Institute)

Mike Weil

Mike Weil said in his area of Ohio, gas is preferred because it is much more cost effective.

Mike Weil - Tweet

Thomas Jackson (CEO of Jackson Systems, an HVAC controls manufacturer and distributor)

Thomas Jackson

Jackson is a believer in comfort first, savings second—especially in colder climates like Minnesota—but in a perfect world he would recommend a duel fuel option.

Duel fuel would include a heat pump with your furnace system. Using a heat pump and furnace in the winter ensures that warm air is distributed consistently throughout your home—and there can be some major savings on your energy bill. (Learn more about heat pumps.)

Energy Star (a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Energy Star

Energy Star, the country’s leading authority on energy efficiency, also recommends going with a gas furnace.

“A gas furnace will cost less to operate and will likely result in fewer GHGs being generated,” Energy Star said.

Energy Star

Energy Star Tweet

For homes that don’t have a gas option, Energy Star recommends a speed heat pump.

energy-star1energy-star2energy-star3

What Welter Heating Has to Say

At Welter Heating we specialize in furnace installation and repair for both electric and gas furnaces for our clients. In our decades of experience, the choice between gas and electric generally comes down to our customers’ main priority. If you’re concerned about initial costs, maintenance requirements or longevity, then an electric furnace is the way to go. If you’re OK spending a little extra upfront to save more money on energy bills, then a gas furnace is what you want.

Get the full break-down from Welter Heating: Gas vs Electric Furnace: Making the Right Choice.

Do you want more information on the pros and cons of electric furnaces vs. gas furnaces? We’d love to help. Get in touch with us today.

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