Electric, Oil, or Gas Furnace: How to Choose

Posted on: October 13, 2016

The cold temperatures are right around the corner! If your home heating source isn’t dependable, you are rolling the dice on your comfort this winter.

Air Experts Heating & Cooling is here to help you figure out which heating system is the best for your unique home as well as your budget. We’ve been in the HVAC business for more than 30 years, so if you live in or around Raleigh, you won’t find a better group of heating and cooling professionals to handle your HVAC equipment installation, maintenance and repair needs!

Let’s take a quick look at the merits of different types of home heating systems to help you pick out the one that is ideal for your living space.

Advantages of Gas Furnaces

Gas heating systems are extremely popular for a lot of different reasons. For one, gas furnaces cost less to operate than electric units, despite the fact that the initial installation is more expensive. Though the cost of natural gas fluctuates, running a gas furnace throughout the winter won’t bust your home heating budget. Gas furnaces have the potential to last between one and two decades.

Beyond that, gas furnaces will heat up your home in surprisingly little time, especially compared to electric furnaces. Gas systems warm air to high temperatures during those brutally cold winter days and nights without overtaxing the system or sending your utility bill through the roof.

Benefits of Oil Furnaces

A furnace that burns oil operates as either a forced air system or boiler system. Forced air oil furnaces send hot air into your home’s duct work and spread it throughout your living space. Boiler systems transmit hot water to baseboards/radiators placed throughout the home. Heating with oil is quite effective and reliable. This heating system can last upwards of 20 years if installed in the proper manner!

Advantages of Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces tend to cost less to install than gas furnaces, but they are less expensive to operate over the course of their lifespan. Though the cost of operation might eclipse that of a gas furnace as time progresses, the upfront cost is quite affordable. Electric furnaces are also favored due to the fact that they are extremely quiet compared to other heating systems. You can expect your electric furnace to last between two and three decades.

It is also worth noting that it takes less time to install an electric furnace than a gas furnace. Electric heating systems pose minimal risk to yourself and your loved ones as there is no chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. In the end, this is a low-maintenance, simple and affordable means of heating just about every type of living and working space.

Call Air Experts for Furnace Installation in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh winters don’t bring an avalanche of snow, yet it certainly gets pretty cold in this part of the country. If you don’t have much faith in your current home heating system, get the peace of mind you need and deserve by calling Air Experts to install a new furnace. You can trust us to replace your existing system with an energy-efficient unit that won’t malfunction when the temperature drops.

Air Experts also performs furnace maintenance and repairs. Give us a call today at 919-480-2727 or contact us online to install your new home heating system!

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