Should You Choose a Gas or All-Electric Furnace?


Furnaces are made to provide heat in some of the coldest weather that we encounter. That’s why they are so popular in our state and beyond.

Have you been trying to get by with a space heater or another temporary form of heat? If so, this last winter may have proved to you that you truly need a powerful home heating system like a furnace. Natural gas furnaces or electric furnaces can be installed in many homes, including yours! How can you tell which one is right for you though?

Read on to find out if you would be better off with a natural gas furnace or an electric furnace in Clackamas, OR.

Why Opt for An All-Electric Furnace

We call these all-electric furnaces because, although all furnace types use electricity, these ones only use electricity.

Electric furnaces create heat using electrical resistance. This allows them to warm the air without the need to burn a fuel source like gas or oil.

Electric furnaces are starting to increase in popularity. This is because they allow people to move further away from burning fossil fuels, which is better for the environment. They are also fairly quiet when they run since there is no ignition or burning involved.

If you don’t have an existing gas line, then an all-electric furnace can be a great fit for your home. The only catch involved would be the price to run this system when you need it. If you are in an area where electricity is pricey, an electric furnace can prove too expensive to use. If electricity is affordable though, this truly can be a great fit for your home heating.

When to Consider a Natural Gas Furnace

The other option that you can consider is a natural gas furnace. These systems run using both electricity and natural gas. Electricity turns the system on and runs the fans while natural gas is burned to create heat.

Natural gas furnaces, though they do burn gas, are still well-liked. They are highly energy efficient and use clean-burning fuel, making them far more eco-friendly than other systems. Natural gas furnaces are great for reliable home heating if you have a gas connection to the home already.

The catch here is if you don’t have that gas connection. While natural gas furnaces can be less costly to run, installing a gas line is an expense that may be outside of your budget. This is especially true as current initiatives are trying to move away from the use of fossil fuels.

So, how do you choose? Well, first you need to consider your home set-up and heating needs. Then you should look at selecting the system that meets those needs best. Our team can help you will all aspects of choosing and installing your next heater, whether it uses gas or electricity. We even offer free estimates!

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there! Contact The Clean Air Act to get started.

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