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Choosing a New Furnace: Gas or Electric

Chances are that you won’t be planning a new heating installation until the weather warms up once more. Of course, you may be thinking about replacing your heater because your existing system doesn’t seem like it will make it through this winter. Whatever your situation, it is important to remember to review your options carefully.

Should you decide, for instance, that a furnace is the right heating system for your home, you are still going to have to decide if you’ll use a gas or electric furnace. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have regarding such decisions. We’ll make sure that you wind up with the right furnace in Washington, D.C.

Natural Gas and Its Benefits

For many homeowners, the natural gas furnace is the clear way to go. Natural gas is piped directly into the house, so you don’t have to worry about on-site storage or deliveries, as you would with oil or propane. Natural gas is also relatively affordable, and clean-burning for a fossil fuel. It can be used in a variety of applications, fueling not only the furnace but the water heater, clothes dryer, and oven/range, too.

Electricity Has Its Own Benefits

While natural gas is typically the favored fuel for the furnace, there are many reasons to choose an electric furnace, too. Electric furnaces use only electricity to generate heat, which is a resource that pretty much every home has available. Not every house will have access to a gas main, and homeowners may not have existing hookups to the supply even if it is available. Plus, not everyone will want to pipe a combustible fuel into their homes.

The major deciding factor for many homeowners is the cost of electricity. Electric furnaces are actually extremely efficient, and they won’t lose heat via flue gases. However, the cost of electricity can still make an electric furnace the more expensive of the two to run.

Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. is here for any furnace services that you may need.

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