Should I Go with a Gas or Electric Furnace?

We know that homeowners around here are more concerned with their air conditioners than they are with their heating systems, typically. However, it is vitally important that you have a good heating system in place. With lows regularly in the 40s and dipping down into the 30s, it’s clear that winter has even reached Tucson at this point.

If you are thinking about investing in a new heating system, chances are that you’ve given the furnace some attention. This is an incredibly popular heater, and with good reason. You will have to make a further decision, though: gas or electric?

The Great Debate

In many cases, the debate doesn’t really last that long. For a lot of homeowners, the natural gas furnace is the obvious choice. Natural gas is piped directly to the house and the appliances using it, so you don’t have to worry about storing it on-site. Of course, this isn’t a problem with electricity, either. Natural gas has more going for it than convenience, though.

Natural gas is quite clean-burning for a fossil fuel, and it burns efficiently. The purchasing price of natural gas may be its biggest selling point, at least when compared to electricity. Simply put, it’s cheaper.

The Case for Electricity

Electricity is available everywhere. This is the major benefit it offers. Now, make no mistake. Electric furnaces are in no way subpar products, or inherently inferior to gas models. In fact, because they don’t lose heat to flue gases, they are incredibly efficient. It’s just that electricity costs more up front, so it can still cost more to use an electric model.

Of course, not all homes have access to natural gas. Even those that do may not have existing hookups. In the modern home, however, electricity is pretty much universal.

Contact Goettl Air Conditioning for outstanding furnace services.