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Are There Any Reasons to Prefer an Electric Furnace?

question-mark-badgeWhen it comes to choosing a furnace to provide heating to your house in North Carolina during the winters, you’ll probably lean toward a furnace that burns natural gas to generate heat. Natural gas furnaces are the most popular type of heating system across the country because of the immense heating power they can put out and their relatively low cost of operating compared to using electrical heating systems. (Natural gas is a less expensive energy source in general.)

The electric furnace option, however, is there as well. Electric furnaces aren’t going anywhere! Considering the benefits of going with a natural gas furnace, are there any reasons to instead select an electric one? The answer is yes, and we have listed some of the reasons below.

Your home doesn’t have a natural gas line connection

Admittedly, this is an obvious answer. Not all homes have a connection to a municipal gas line, so any type of gas-powered appliance is out of the question. In some locations, it may be possible to have a gas line routed to the house, but this is an expensive project. There are a number of choices for heating in a house without natural gas, and an electric furnace is one of the most appealing.

Low installation cost

One of the draws of the electric furnace both for homes with and without natural gas is the lower cost of purchasing the unit for installation in the first place. It’s true that an electric furnace will be more expensive to operate, but with your current budget an electric furnace may be a better fit when it comes to the initial installation.

Longer service life

Natural gas furnaces wear down faster than electric furnaces because of the effects of combustion gas reacting with other parts of the system. Electric furnaces are less complex devices and don’t have as much that will wear down and break, and this translates to a longer service life, providing a good return on the initial investment.


We don’t want you to think that a natural gas furnace is inherently dangerous! However, there are risks connected to any natural gas appliance in a home involving possible gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and combustion hazards. An electric furnace presents little in the way of safety issues, and if you want to put your mind at complete ease, going electric may be a better choice.

Smaller size

If available space in your basement or garage is a concern, an electric furnace may be able to help out. These models are generally smaller than their natural gas equivalents.

Call professionals for heating installation

If you feel torn about which furnace to get, we’re here to ease your worries. You must have a professional to actually install the new furnace, whatever type it is, so have our HVAC experts help you with picking the right type, model, and size to meet your home’s needs. We offer everything from new heating installation to heater repair in Raleigh, NC and throughout the Triangle area. We’ve been helping homes in the area for more than two decades: we know how to get the job done right!

Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. serves the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

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