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Gas or Electric Furnace: Which to Choose?

If it’s time to install a new furnace in your home, you may be deciding between a gas or electric furnace. While both have their own pros and cons, there are a few reasons that you may want to choose an electric furnace over a gas model.

When you’re ready to schedule installation for an electric furnace in Jackson, MS, give our team a call. We can review your options with you to help you select the electric furnace that fits your family’s needs. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about both gas and electric furnaces, as well as the pros and cons of each one.

Considerations for an Electric Furnace

Electric furnaces are an excellent choice if you don’t have any gas lines in your home. It may not make sense to invest in running gas lines to your home just to install a gas furnace when an electric furnace can do the job just fine. 

An electric furnace is also safer compared to a gas furnace. Of course, electricity does come with some risks and you want to make sure you invest in annual maintenance for any type of heater to help mitigate these risks. But when you add gas lines into the mix, it elevates the risks associated with heating your home.

Considerations for a Gas Furnace

Even with the risks associated with gas furnaces, many homeowners still prefer this type of heater compared to an electric model. This is because gas furnaces are known to heat up very quickly and increase the indoor air temperature faster compared to what an electric furnace can do.

Gas furnaces use less energy for heating since they can heat up faster and don’t have to stay on as long for each heating cycle. Energy costs for heating your home with a gas furnace may be lower compared to an electric furnace. But gas furnaces can also require more maintenance annually. This includes both homeowner and professional maintenance. 

You may need to take additional care steps each month to turn off your gas furnace and wipe down the inside of the system since dust and dirt can contribute to fire hazards. Additionally, annual maintenance appointments for a gas furnace are essential to make sure that it’s functioning safely and properly.

How to Choose a Furnace

Choosing between a gas furnace, or an electric furnace is completely up to you. You have to weigh the pros and cons of each type of heater and decide which one is right for your home. We encourage you to pay attention to the AFUE ratings of any heater you are considering.

Choosing a high-efficiency furnace will go a long way toward keeping your home comfortable while also maintaining energy efficiency to keep your costs down. Any furnace with a rating of 90 or above is considered high efficiency. 

Contact AirSouth Cooling and Heating today to schedule an appointment for electric furnace installation.

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