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The Benefits of an Electric Furnace

If it’s time to install a new furnace in your home, you may be deciding between gas and electric models. Which one is better for your home and the family? While both have their own pros and cons, electric furnaces do offer some unique benefits.

Our team is here to help whether you’re looking for new furnace installation or electric furnace repair in San Juan County, NM. We can help you every step of the way. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an electric furnace, and then give our team a call to schedule your service.

Potential Savings

If you’re looking to spend less on installation, an electric furnace is the way to go. Electric furnaces are usually cheaper than gas furnaces when it comes to the upfront investment. This is especially true if you don’t already have existing gas lines in your home. Installing a gas furnace alongside the investment to connect to nearby gas lines can make that project even more expensive.

Electric furnaces do have a reputation for being more expensive to operate on a monthly basis as far as energy costs go. However, if you invest in a high-efficiency model, you can easily cut your energy costs. Plus, if you select reasonable thermostat settings, you can also save on energy costs that way.

Expected Lifespan

Electric furnaces are well known for having long lifespans. In fact, they may last even longer than a gas furnace. Gas furnaces often take on additional wear and tear because of the way they produce heat through combustion. Electric furnaces heat up more slowly, so there’s less strain. Once they heat up, they can keep your home just as warm as any other type of furnace would.

Low Maintenance

Electric furnaces also require a fewer maintenance steps during annual service appointments. Gas furnaces can get dirty faster with soot buildup from the open flame and gas. Electric furnaces still need to be wiped down inside periodically, but typically don’t have as many things that need to be addressed from season to season

Elevated Safety

Perhaps the biggest benefit of an electric furnace is the better overall safety. Of course, electricity does come with its own risks, but modern electric furnaces are considered very safe to operate. We do encourage you to have smoke detectors installed. 

But with a gas furnace, you have the added risks associated with potential gas leaks. You can completely eliminate these risks by going with an electric furnace instead of a gas model. Either way, you should have carbon monoxide detectors if you have gas lines in your home, even without a gas furnace. 

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give the Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning team a call to schedule your appointment for furnace service and let us do it right the first time!

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