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Furnaces are by far the most popular home heating system type in the country. They’re affordable, effective, and can operate in a wide variety of different situations. However, furnaces are not a single monolithic type. There are actually many different kinds of furnaces, with the two most popular being gas and electric. Homeowners often ask us which furnace type is objectively “better” than the other. The truth is that the furnace type that serves you best will depend entirely on your individual situation. Read on for some of the pros and cons of each furnace type.
Gas furnaces are far and away the most popular heating system type, let alone the most popular furnace type. They rely on combusting natural gas in order to generate heat for the home. Natural gas is cheap and plentiful, with a very favorable ratio of heat generated relative to the amount burned. However, to operate a gas furnace you must have access to a natural gas line. If your home isn’t within range of a municipal natural gas main, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to make use of a gas furnace. This limits their use in certain areas, especially those out in the countryside.
Electric furnaces are not combustion systems. Rather, they generate heat by running an electrical current through a large heating coil. While electric furnaces are just as good at generating heat as gas furnaces, electricity is a bit more expensive as a heating fuel compared to natural gas. However, electric furnaces can operate anywhere that there is electricity available. This makes them able to operate in areas that gas furnaces cannot.
If you’d like more information about which furnace type is best for you, call Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We cover the entirety of Port Charlotte, FL.