We often get this question from homeowners who are looking to upgrade their furnace, or simply need to replace an old one. Furnaces are the most popular heating system type in the country, so it makes sense that people want to know which one is going to serve them best. The truth, however, is that there is no such thing as a single “best” furnace. Each furnace has its own pros and cons, and each is suited to a different set of individual needs. If you are looking for a new furnace this fall, read on to find out which furnace type might fit you best.
Gas furnaces are the most popular furnace type in the country. They use burner assemblies to combust natural gas in order to generate heat, which is then used to warm the air in the home. Gas furnaces can generate a lot of heat fairly cheaply, which is why they’re so popular. However, they’re also dependent on the houses in which they are installed having access to a gas line. If you don’t have a gas line in your home, and you can’t get one, then a gas furnace isn’t going to be much use to you.
Electric furnaces don’t burn any kind of fuel to generate heat. Instead, they run an electrical current through a large heating coil to accomplish the same effect. Electric furnace outputs are comparable to gas furnaces, but electricity is more expensive as a fuel source than natural gas. This makes electric furnaces slightly less energy efficient than gas furnaces. Of course, an electric furnace can operate anywhere there is electricity. A gas furnace cannot do the same.