Heating is important to get right in your house. If you’re considering a new system, you have a big decision to make: Electric or gas? There are an overwhelming amount of options once you have made it past this decision, so here are a few facts that will help you at least lock in which type of heating you want in your home.
Electric heating is the perfect solution for home owners who want to save on their heating bill or those who can’t access natural gas lines. Electric heating systems have an added ecological benefit of not producing or releasing toxic waste like carbon monoxide. It’s the way to go for a homeowner who needs a cost efficient way to heat a home addition or a three season room. Want some extra comfort? You can also consider baseboard or under floor heating on a tile floor that gets too cold come winter time. There are also a few options to installing your electric heat system, choosing between an electric furnace, baseboard heating, or an electric boiler.
Natural Gas Heat
Natural gas has the strong benefit of being an energy efficient home heating option. With the proper maintenance, a gas furnace can last for 25 plus years. Natural gas does not dry out indoor air as much as an electric heating system, and many people say that this makes natural gas a more comfortable option for home heating. In addition, you can connect a humidifier to your gas furnace for even more comfort during those cold winter months. Natural gas furnaces are a cost efficient heating option for them home in regions that have low natural gas costs.
Key Factors to Consider
The decision between using natural gas versus an electrical heater is a hard one to make that should be given thoughtful consideration. Here are some key factors that every homeowner should keep in mind before they decide which purchase to make:
• How much space do you need to heat? Your room can be left much too cold given a system that is too small, but get too big of a heating system and you will unnecessarily drive your heating bill through the roof.
• Utility rates. Before you decide what type of heating system you want to go with, make sure to research which type will be a better choice financially given where you live.
• System durability. Gas furnaces tend to be the way to go in terms of longevity compared to electrical units.
• Repair and maintenance. Both types of systems need occasional maintenance – usually about once a year. Make sure you look into the maintenance costs for each type of system.
• Installation. Costs will differ between system types for installation. Give this careful consideration as well.
• Tax credits. There are a number of varying tax credits you may be eligible to receive when it comes to energy efficient heating systems. Look into what credits you can get on the federal, state, and local level.
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