Furnaces that are powered by fossil fuels are superior to furnaces that are powered by electricity. Two of the most common types of furnaces powered by fossil fuels are gas and oil furnaces. Depending on where you live, it may make more sense to purchase an oil furnace.
However, if you have a natural gas line, it makes more sense to choose a natural gas furnace because these furnaces offer several advantages.
Better Energy Efficiency
In a natural gas furnace, a pilot light ignites burners inside an internal combustion engine. These burners generate heat that enters a heat exchanger. The heat is then transferred to the air until a thermostat outside the furnace detects that the home has reached the temperature set on the thermostat. Blowers cause air to circulate through a series of ducts within your home.
Natural gas furnaces are more energy-efficient in this heating process than any other type of furnace. They produce the most heat for the amount of fuel that you burn. Natural gas furnaces are also better for the environment because they produce the fewest waste products.
Not only will you save money on energy consumption, but you will also spend less money on maintenance with a natural gas furnace. These furnaces are known for their reliability so you will have fewer repair costs.
Even if a natural gas furnace is more expensive than an electric furnace when you first purchase one, you may be able to save some money by switching to an energy-efficient option. Your utility company may offer a rebate if you switch to a gas furnace, and the federal government also offers a tax break for gas furnaces.
While both natural gas and oil prices fluctuate, natural gas is usually less expensive than oil and is mined in the United States. Because oil is a worldwide commodity that is shipped to the United States, the oil prices can be affected by wars, demand from other countries, government relations and piracy. The price of natural gas is often steadier.
Natural gas is much faster at heating up a space than electric. Electric heaters must wait for the electricity to warm up the heating element, which then heats up the surrounding air, which is then circulated through your home with a blower. When you are feeling cold, the last thing you want is to wait for your furnace to adequately warm up your living space.
Better Efficiency with Newer Models
Even if you already have a gas furnace, experts recommended that you replace it with a newer gas furnace if your furnace is a few years old. High-efficiency furnaces are now on the market. These newer furnaces use less fuel while still keeping your home warm. These furnaces are much quieter than older models and are also more effective at keeping your home warm more consistently.
Even with a very efficient furnace, you should perform regular maintenance and clean your furnace regularly in order to keep it at maximum efficiency.
While carbon monoxide is a risk, gas furnaces come with strict safety controls that remove toxic fumes and other byproducts of combustion. A carbon monoxide detector is highly recommended in order to keep your family safe.
If you are thinking of using a natural gas furnace from this point onward, our team at Seliga Heating and Cooling has several types of gas furnaces to choose from. We will not only install your natural gas furnace, but we will use our own sheet metal shop to fabricate custom ducts for your home. If you are ready to install a new furnace, or if you have any other HVAC needs, contact us for a free quote.