HeatingThe Real Truth About Electric & Gas Powered Heating Systems

December 20, 2018

If you’re looking for a new heating unit for your home, there are two options available: electric and gas heating.

As their names imply, one is powered by electricity and the other runs on gas. Each type of system has its benefits, and each has its downsides, which is why it is important to do your research before purchasing one or the other.

Choosing which type of heater you want in your home really comes down to what exactly you are looking for in an HVAC system. Continue reading to learn some truths about gas versus electric systems.

How Does Your HVAC System Work With Your Ducts

ventIn both electric and gas heating systems, a system or air ducts is usually required to carry heated air from the forced air unit to the different areas of the house.

However, if you don’t already have a duct system in place, installing ductwork can be a pricey job. Electric mini-split systems offer an alternative to installing ducts.

A mini-split system consists of a number of indoor wall units connected to one outdoor compressor. With a mini-split, you still get central heating without the air ducts. Gas Air conditioning units don’t offer this kind of convenience.

How Does Each System Affect Heater Efficiency

efficiencyIn terms of efficiency, electric appliances can’t hold a candle to natural gas! This doesn’t only apply to air conditioning, but also to water heaters and kitchen appliances like stoves and ovens as well.

Gas heaters are known to be more efficient than their electric counterparts. They also come with the benefit that they can continue to run when a severe storm or fallen power line causes a blackout!

How is Your HVAC Cost Affected by Your System

costIf you are wondering about the costs of one heater over another, you are not alone. Price is a top priority for most homeowners when it comes to any kind of installation. The initial cost of an electric HVAC system is substantially lower than that of a gas system.

This may be because gas systems often require new gas lines to be installed as well as the HVAC unit. The lines themselves and the labor needed to install them make it a pricier option.

Electric units are also easier to maintain and repair, so the costs of these services are lower than they are for gas units. Because the cost of electricity is more consistent than that of gas, the price of powering a gas heater fluctuates a lot more from month to month than the cost of powering your electric unit.

How Can Your Energy Usage Change Based on Your HVAC System

usageNatural gas is generally considered a more eco-friendly energy source than electricity, so if reducing your home’s carbon emissions is something that is particularly important to you, then choosing a gas heating unit may be the best choice for you.

The professionals at Torch Service Company, LLC are happy to help you figure it out! Give us a call today to learn more about your HVAC system options. Share this article with your friends and neighbors to help them learn their options, too!