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Which Type of Furnace Should I Choose: Gas or Electric?

by Denver Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical

Homeowners have more choices than every when it comes installing and using a centralized heating system. However, if you have a home with ductwork, you may want to consider the installation of a furnace. Many of today’s furnaces have efficiency ratings over 90%, and you can choose from a gas furnace (or propane) or an electric furnace. The experts at Bell Plumbing and Heating have been installing, repairing, replacing and maintaining home heating systems for almost 50 years, so call us today! 

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces provide heat via combustion. The burner is lit and heats the heat exchanger, and together these two components generate the heat that is blown into your home’s living spaces. One of the great benefits of a gas furnace is not having to manage the fuel source as gas is piped directly into your home. Another benefit is that you can use the gas coming into your home for other appliances. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning of all the fossil fuels, and efficiency ratings of gas furnaces can be as high as 98%.

Electric Furnaces

Many people may remember when electric furnaces weren’t very efficient, but new technologies and product design have made electric furnaces very energy efficient. In fact, many electric furnaces have AFUE ratings of 100% because electric furnaces don’t lose any fuel to exhaust. Electric furnaces heat by electrifying tightly-wound metal coils that reside in a component called a heating element. Once the air around the heating element reaches the correct temperature, the fan blows the air into your home. Electric furnaces can be good choices for homeowners who do not have access to a natural gas line or for those who don’t want to use a fossil fuel.

Which Is Best for You?

Your furnace is going to be with you for many years, so one of the best ways to determine which type of furnace will be best for your home is to work with a trained expert. If you are ready for a new furnace installation in Denver, schedule an appointment with one of our heating specialists today!

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