Gas vs. Electric Furnaces in Atlanta: What to Consider Before Installation

Posted by David Roussel

If you’re interested in a new furnace for your Atlanta home there are many factors to consider as you move forward. One of the main issues you’ll have to think about is the fuel source for your furnace. Two of the most popular fuels for furnaces are gas and electric. Here we’ll take a look at some of the benefits and disadvantages of both fuels. This should give you a good starting place as you start to think about which type of system is right for you.

Price and Availability of Fuel

One of the good things about electric furnaces is that there is a huge supply of electricity almost everywhere in the United States. The US also has a very large supply of natural gas, but it is not available everywhere. Keep in mind that electricity is not always available during periods of high demand or when the power gets knocked out during a winter storm. This could leave your house without heat unless you have a backup generator.

In certain areas of the country, electricity has been more expensive than natural gas. However, this is not the case everywhere. Check your local prices to see how both fuels compare.

Efficiency and Environmental Impact

The United States Department of Energy says that the use of natural gas reduces energy waste. This is because only 10 percent of natural gas is lost as it travels from its source to your home. In the case of electricity, 30 percent is lost in transit to your home.

Natural gas can be an extremely efficient fuel to burn for heating your home. The use of natural gas can reduce your home’s emissions by 50 percent. Natural gas is also a clean-burning combustible fuel.

Initial and Ongoing Cost

Electric furnaces are typically cheaper than other systems, so your initial purchase may be less. Their installation can be quicker because they don’t require venting systems and gas piping like gas furnaces do. They also don’t have a pilot light, which can be a hassle when it goes out.

Also, if you currently don’t have a gas line running into your home from the street, then one will have to be installed. This involves digging up part of your yard to put in the pipe connecting your home supply to the main line in the street. All of this can be expensive as well.

There are a lot of different things to consider as you decide if an electric or gas furnace is right for you. Contact the Atlanta heating experts at South Air today to ask us any questions you might have.

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