28 Oct A Guide for Finding the Right Furnace
When it’s time to replace an old heating system, finding the best furnace that keeps your home comfortable, delivers affordable utility costs and is within budget are important decision factors.
The first step in deciding on the right furnace is to choose the most appropriate power source; although geothermal technologies and other heating systems besides traditional gas and electric furnace models are available, here we will talk about gas and electric furnaces.
Natural gas powered furnaces involve the following pros and cons compared to electric furnaces:
- More efficient operationally, leading to lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Ability to rapidly warm indoor spots, as gas furnaces reach higher temperatures than electric models.
- A shorter lifespan plus a higher initial price tag and a more complicated installation process.
- Production of a tiny amount of carbon monoxide; households with a gas- burning appliance of any type should be equipped at least one carbon monoxide detector placed near each gas burning device.
Choosing an electric furnace model will provide these pros and cons when compared to gas powered units:
- Lower initial investment cost and a much simpler installation process.
- Simplified maintenance requirements plus a longer lifespan.
- No carbon monoxide emissions which pose a risk to your family.
- Higher utility costs which could result in a net economic loss over the life of your electric furnace.
Also, proper sizing of all furnace types is crucial for a comfortable home and optimal system performance. Units that are too big can cycle on and off frequently, reducing furnace lifespan as well as creating hot and cold areas in your home, while units too small may not be able to handle the heating demands during colder months of the year.
Homeowners in the San Antonio area who need help finding the right furnace can contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning, where we have been serving customers for decades!