You may think you know all there is to know about the differences between gas heating and electric heating. One is electrically powered, and the other is powered by natural gas, there’s not much more to it, right? Wrong.
If you are in the market for a new HVAC system for your home, it’s important you look into the pros and cons of each type of unit. Read on to get to know each one a little better before making your decision.
What You Don’t Know About Your Duct System
A system of air ducts is responsible for distributing air throughout your home in a centralized HVAC system. That fact is true of both electric heating and natural gas heating systems.
Your HVAC unit blows air into the ducts, the ducts guide the air into the various rooms or areas of your home, and the air goes into the room through vents.
Return ducts are passages that guide air back to the HVAC unit to be warmed again when necessary.
Your Heater's Efficiency
Think you know how efficient your HVAC unit is? Energy efficiency is often a top priority for homeowners since it usually goes hand in hand with lower energy costs- but more on that later.
Generally speaking, gas appliances are more efficient than electric. From air conditioners to furnaces, and even to stovetops, gas works faster than electricity can!
Another added benefit to natural gas is that you can continue to run your heater as long as the supply of gas is not cut off. That means that if a storm knocks your power out, at least you’ll still have your HVAC system!
The Cost of Heating
One of the most significant factors that most people consider when installing any new appliance in their home is the cost, so it makes sense that you would want to know how the prices of gas compare to those of electricity.
Electric heating units may require a higher cost up front, but electricity is far less expensive than gas, making it a smarter investment.
Gas units are also more expensive because they require a lot of extra work to be done to, like installing gas lines, as well as more complicated maintenance and repairs. In the long run, then, if you want the most cost effective HVAC system, electric is the way to go.
What You Don’t Know About Heating & Energy Usage
If making your home more environmentally friendly is something you're interested in, and if you like to save money on your energy bill, then a gas heater may be a better choice for you than electric.
Using natural gas to power your HVAC unit, instead of electricity, can help you reduce your "carbon footprint."
Using a renewable resource, like natural gas, to warm your home can also help you reduce your electric bill by reducing the amount of electricity you use. Call the professionals at Lambert Plumbing and Heating at (604) 734-0890 for more information about which HVAC system is best for your home. Don't forget to share the link to the article to educate your friends and neighbors on their heating possibilities!