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Should You Switch to an Electric Furnace Instead of Gas?

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If you currently have a gas furnace but you’re shopping for a new system, you may be wondering about the benefits of having an electric furnace. Sure, a gas heater offers a lot of benefits like reliable and efficient heat. But electricity has its own list of benefits. 

Switching over to a different type of heating system is a big decision. It may be the right choice for your family, but it may not. Our team has seen it all, and we know everything there is to know about electric furnaces in Aztec, NM. Our team can help you decide if you should switch to an electric furnace instead of gas. 

Electricity Can Be Safer

Natural gas doesn’t have an odor, so leaks can be difficult to identify unless you have a carbon monoxide detector. Gas leaks pose fire hazards and pose risks to your health, too. Electricity can also pose risks, but they are much lower than with gas. An electric furnace doesn’t use an active flame to heat your home like a gas furnace, so there’s less risk of a fire. 

Energy Efficiency

An electric furnace may not be able to beat the efficiency of a gas furnace, but it can definitely match the efficiency close enough to be a competitor. There is a myth that electric heaters are far less efficient than gas heaters. But as long as you keep up with annual heater maintenance, your electric heater should remain energy efficient. 

Affordable Options

There are very expensive heater options, and there are reasonably-priced heater options – and this goes for gas and electric. When it comes to installation, electric furnaces tend to have cheaper upfront costs. Keep in mind that you don’t want to spend less on a unit if you’re compromising on efficiency. Spending more upfront for a very efficient model can save you more over the life of the unit. If you need help weighing the cost differences alongside the potential energy savings, our team can help. 

Extended Lifespan

Investing in an electric furnace can be smart because they last longer. You can expect a gas furnace to have a 10 to 15-year lifespan. An electric heater can last for 20 years or longer with proper care. Gas furnaces are more complex, so there is more to maintain and more that can go wrong. An electric heater is simpler and there is less that can go wrong. When you do have to address repair needs, they are usually easier to fix. 

Available Energy

If your home doesn’t already have a gas line, running one can be expensive. All homes have electricity available, so that makes an electric heater an easy choice. The one downside is that if you lose power, your heater also loses power. Having a gas heater allows you to maintain heat even when the power goes out. 

It’s easy to see that an electric heater is a smart investment for your home. 

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and let us do it right the first time!

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