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Is Central Heating Gas or Electric?

If you’re considering making the switch to central heating, you may have a few questions. You may be wondering, for instance, is central heating gas or electric? If that’s the case, we have some good news for you. Central heating can be fueled by either gas or electricity. So which one is the better option for you? We’re glad you came to the experts at Entek to find out. Here, we’ll give you the breakdown of what you need to know when comparing gas and electric central heating systems.

The first thing to know is that both systems have their pros and cons, so ultimately, you have to consider what’s most important to you. We’ll provide a breakdown of each system based on a number of factors to help you determine which central heating system will best serve the needs of you and your family.

Cost

If you’re like most of our clients, you may want to know about the cost of gas central heating compared to electric central heating. There are pros and cons to each, so let’s go over a few of them.
Generally speaking, you may hear that gas central heating is the more economical of the two options. This is true to a certain extent. Fuel costs tend to be less expensive than the cost of electricity. However, gas central heating will typically cost you more upfront. This is because installation costs tend to be more for gas central heating than for electric central heating.

Additionally, if your home is not currently outfitted for natural gas use, there’s an additional cost to install a gas line, which will add to the amount of money you pay initially. Gas central heating systems also require more maintenance than their electric counterparts, which will add to your overall operational costs.

Even so, while gas central heating is likely to be the more costly initial investment, the amount you spend in the long run is likely to be less. The opposite is true for electric central heating systems, which are usually less expensive to install but more costly to operate.

Ultimately, the decision of which system to choose may come down to the climate in the area where you live. For instance, electric heating systems are generally preferable in milder climates where the difference in operational costs is relatively insignificant. On the other hand, gas central heating systems are better suited for homes in colder climates with long winters.

Performance

One major benefit of gas central heating systems is that the effects are almost immediate. Once the gas central heating system is turned on, you’ll be able to feel the heat instantly. Electric central heating systems, on the other hand, take some time to power up before they can generate the heat required to warm a room. If you have kids or elderly adults in your household, you may want to opt for a gas central heating system because of its ability to heat a home more quickly. Basically, a gas central heating system will produce more heat than an electric heating system in the same amount of time.

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One benefit of electric central heating systems is that they tend to be quieter than gas central heating systems. If you have pets or someone sensitive to noise in your home, a quieter system may be the better fit. But one downside of electric central heating systems is that if you lose power, you’re also going to lose your heat source. In this respect, gas central heating tends to be the more reliable of the two options. If you opt for an electric central heating system, it’s important to have a backup heat source in the event of a power outage.

Electric central heating systems also produce dry heat. This can be problematic for anyone in the home who suffers from allergies. Dry heat can also exacerbate certain skin conditions. Overall comfort levels are important to keep in mind when deciding which heating system is the better option for you and your family.

Environmental Factors

We’ve discussed the monetary costs of gas versus electric central heating, but what about the environmental costs? More and more people are becoming aware of their carbon footprint and trying to reduce it. While natural gas does release greenhouse emissions into the air, it tends to be the more environmentally friendly option between gas and electric central heating systems. Fuel burns cleaner than coal and releases fewer pollutants into the air.

One thing to note, however, is that gas furnaces carry the risk of carbon monoxide emission. Because of this, they must be diligently monitored by homeowners to ensure the emission doesn’t reach an unsafe level. Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s colorless, tasteless, odorless, and highly poisonous. That’s why it’s a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you opt for gas central heating. In fact, most municipalities require detectors to be installed at the time of unit install. Be wary of cheap monitors. Entek carries high-quality monitors and will install them for you.

As you can probably tell by now, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to heat your home with gas or electricity. The good news is that there are a number of options available to you, and Entek can help you find the right fit. From electric heat pumps to high-efficiency gas furnaces, we have the perfect heating product for you. We’ll help you determine the best solution for your heating needs.

If you want to know how to maximize your central heating system’s efficiency, we’re also able to conduct a home performance test. Our goal is to improve the comfort of your home while saving you money in the process. Who doesn’t want more for less? Simply give us a call, and we’ll help you achieve just that.