The first thing you should understand is the difference in how an electric and gas furnace operate. An electric furnace has a blower that moves air over a sequence of hot coils that are heated by electricity. Once the air is heated, it is distributed throughout the house. A gas furnace works much the same way but, but instead of using electricity to create heat, it uses the combustion of gas in a heat exchanger. Then, just like in an electric furnace, the heated air is distributed throughout the house.
THE COST DIFFERENCE
In Burlington KY (and everywhere) homeowners become confused about choosing an electric or gas furnace when it relates to their efficiency. While an electric furnace may be considered more efficient than a gas furnace - it doesn't necessarily mean the monthly cost is cheaper. In fact, it costs much more to run an electric furnace than a gas furnace. This is simply because electricity is more expensive than gas. Therefore, while an electric furnace may run more efficiently, it will cost more on your monthly bill than a gas furnace will.
Another confusing factor when it relates to a choosing a gas furnace or electric furnace may be the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. It is true that a gas furnace does have a slight risk because it is a fuel-burning appliance. However, this risk can be mitigated by simply scheduling your yearly maintenance. A yearly tuneup is something that you should schedule whether you have an electric or a gas furnace in order to prevent the future need for furnace repairs on an emergency basis.
In the end, the particular climate you live in directly relates to which type of furnace is the best option for you. For homeowners in Burlington KY gas furnaces are the less expensive option on a monthly basis. Electric furnaces tend to be better for homeowners in dry climates with hot or mixed temperature.
One additional item to note is that electric furnaces may be cheaper to install initially than gas. However, this small savings will be lost over time by a more expensive monthly bill.
With regards to extended maintenance costs, they are very similar to each other. However, an electric furnace may have a longer lifespan because it has less moving parts. When it's decision-making time, consider these pros and cons:
Pros: Cheaper initial cost, longer lifespan
Cons: higher monthly cost, takes longer to heat up the house.
Pros: Significantly lower cost on monthly basis. Heats up house quicker.
Cons; Higher initial installation cost. Slight risk of carbon monoxide poison.
Every house is different, and every homeowner has different needs so if you are still unsure of whether a gas furnace or electric furnace is the best choice for you, feel free to Tri Star Heating and Cooling, your Burlington KY HVAC Contractor to help you choose the right option for you.