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Gas vs. Electric: What’s the Best Furnace for You?

Winters are cold in Lewes, DE, and a forced-air furnace is a popular option for many homes trying to keep warm. They’re economical and easy to use, which makes them the go-to choice when installing a new system. But furnaces are further subdivided between gas-fed units and those that use electricity to run. If you’re preparing to buy a new furnace, it behooves you to understand the benefits and drawbacks that each one offers. Every home is different and the type that works best for you depends on your particular circumstances. It pays to consult with a trained expert when making your decision.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are more common, largely because they’re less expensive to operate from month to month. (Natural gas costs less than electricity.) They also tend to heat the home more quickly, which can be a significant concern on a cold day. On the other hand, installation is usually more expensive, since the unit needs to be connected to gas lines, and if you live in a rural area, you might not have that option. Gas furnaces tend to suffer more wear and tear than electrical units as well, which means a great chance of breakdowns and increased repair bills.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces benefit by being able to operate without a gas line, which makes them ideal for homes located outside the civic grid. Accordingly, they cost less to operate and can function so long as your home has electricity. They suffer less wear than gas units, meaning that they will last longer on the whole. The difficulty comes mainly in monthly costs, which are higher than comparable gas units, and in the fact that they take longer than gas units to warm the home.

For quality installation of gas and electric furnaces both, call Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!

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