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Furnaces vs. Central Heating: The Pros and the Cons

Are you looking to move or buy a home in the near future? Then you know there are countless factors to consider, and now that the temperatures are dropping, looking into heating systems is becoming more and more important. It’s important to understand what’s what and what the benefits and disadvantages are, which is why Greener Solutions Heating and AC has this post just for you, so keep on reading!

Central Heating
Gas central heating is the most efficient, with a solid response time, translating to faster results that you can feel. In the whole process, they tend to have better efficiency ratings, and they also heat up water much faster than electric systems. However, carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat in houses with gas central heating, so having carbon monoxide detectors is important. They also cost more initially, since they’re more expensive than electric central heating. Don’t forget to consider the gas supply: whether propane or natural gas, you’ll need a steady supply of fuel.

Electric central heating is the cleaner, greener method, and it’s also becoming more popular because there’s no need to concern yourself with fuel supplies or gas lines, often irksome issues. You also don’t need to have a fuel source stored in your home, and they provide heat without combustion. The drawbacks are that they cost more to operate: in 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration found that most people spent 11.7 cents per kWh. Each kWh provides roughly 3412 British Thermal Units of heat, and assuming the system were to run at full efficiency, you’d spend an average of $34.32 for a million BTUs of heat. Assuming 78% efficiency for a gas furnace (the lowest efficiency rate in the U.S.), you’d pay roughly $12.96 per BTU, so it’s important to take this into consideration.

As with central heating, electric or gas are the two common options. Electric furnaces tend to be more affordable and come with many different options. They also have a long lifespan (20-30 years) and are easily manageable, especially when it comes to installations. They also have fewer risks than gas furnaces. Conversely, they have lower energy efficiency than their gas counterparts, since they use energy while heating up. Electric furnaces also have higher running costs.

Gas furnaces heat more effectively than electric furnaces, and are more energy efficient: as soon as you turn it on it starts to heat up. Plus, they usually cost less than electric furnaces, making it an economical choice. However, they tend to have a shorter lifespan and may often be noisier. Venting for your house will need to be done during installation, and it’s important to consider the risks (carbon monoxide poisoning, accidental fire, etc.)

What’s the Best Choice?
No matter what option you want, Greener Solutions Heating and AC can provide the perfect installation with your qualified and licensed contractors and technicians, so call us today at (209) 252-3921!

Categories: Heating, Furnace