A home heating system is essential in the winter. Heating systems and furnaces allow homeowners to remain warm and comfortable during the cold months. When it comes to buying furnace heaters, people generally have two choices: a gas or electric furnace.
A number of factors need to be considered when selecting a new gas or electric furnace. Here are just some of the things to consider:
The upfront cost of the equipment
Electric furnaces are generally less expensive than gas furnaces. However, while the upfront cost of the electric heater is generally low, they generally cost more to operate as compared to gas heaters. The operating cost of gas heaters is much less as compared to the electric heaters because they’re more energy efficient.
The cost of operating a gas or electric furnace
The operating cost of a heating device is determined by many different factors, such as the cost-per-unit of fuel and the energy efficiency of the heating device. Electric heaters provide annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of about 95 to 100 percent.
Assuming a 100 percent AFUE, the cost of operating electric heater is $33.32 per million BTUs of heat.
On the other hand, natural gas is usually sold in therms. One therm is equivalent to about 100,000 BTUs. Gas furnaces generally have efficiency ratings of 78 percent and above. For a 100-percent AFUE, the operating cost of gas furnaces comes to around $12.92 per million BTUs.
This means that it is much less costly to operate gas furnaces as compared to electric furnaces, resulting in cost savings for the homeowner over time.
The environmental cost of the furnace
While the upfront price and ongoing operating costs top the list of concerns when buying a gas or electric furnace, it’s also essential to consider the environmental costs when making a purchase decision. When it comes to carbon footprint on the environment, gas furnaces are generally a better option.
Electric heaters, on the other hand, consume more energy, so they present a greater carbon footprint as compared to gas heaters.
While the production of natural gas also results in greenhouse gas emission, the environmental costs are much less as compared to the coal that is mostly used to generate electricity.
Gas heaters tend to warm the room more quickly as compared to electric heaters. This is because the gas furnaces produce maximum heat as soon as the burner starts. On the other hand, electric heaters start to heat a few minutes after switching on the burner.
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