Finding the right heating equipment for your home can be tricky. You can always go for the more common gas furnace, but then there are electric furnaces that are just as appealing. But with many choices and models to choose from, it can be hard to pick one that suits your needs and preferences.
If you’re stuck between choosing gas or electric furnaces, our indoor air quality experts at Cardinal Heating & Air have put together a quick comparison to help you out.
Gas furnaces are one of the most common types in the U.S., and they tend to range in price depending on the brand. The upfront costs are around $1,200 for the furnace alone, with up to $3,500 to $4,000 with installation included. But if there isn’t any natural gas available in your area, electric furnaces are also a popular choice. The upfront costs are relatively cheaper, ranging from $400 to $1,000, with installation costs still only a fraction of a typical gas furnace installation.
The Pros and Cons
As your trusted air conditioning repair technician installs your gas furnace, it can also be paired with your split-system air conditioner or heat pump to distribute more heat around your home. While the upfront cost is generally more expensive than electric furnaces, it can be less expensive to operate in the long run because natural gas is cheaper than electricity. And with natural gas charges decreasing in recent years, it can be a great choice to invest in having one for your home. But keep in mind that gas furnaces are completely dependent on natural gas lines, and can be costly to install the piping in your home if you don’t have them yet.
Electric furnaces can also be paired with your system, and they’re cheaper and faster to install than their gas counterparts. You might also opt for electric furnaces if you want a quieter system that can be used all year round. Electric furnaces also pose little to no risk to indoor air quality, as it produces no carbon monoxide. However, be prepared to pay a noticeably higher energy bill whenever you use it.
If you’re looking for a trusted contractor in furnace installation and water heaters, don’t hesitate to call Cardinal Heating & Air. Call us today at (425) 827-9997, or you can fill out our convenient online contact form.