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The Fuel Debacle: Gas or Electric

service-technician-with-a-customerIf you’ve struggled to heat your home this winter, it might be time to think about upgrading your furnace system. Switching from the current heating system in your home to another is often a long, drawn-out, and stressful process. There are just so many models on the market that it can be hard to choose, once you have you then have to consider the option of fueling. This is a big decision for homeowners because it makes or breaks the efficiency of your heating system. If you’re looking for help in this process, you’ve found the right post! We’ll run through the breakdown of both gas or electric systems. If you’d like excellent furnace service in Columbia, SC then make sure that you contact our team.

The Benefits of a Gas-Powered Furnace

If you’re researching ways to fuel your furnace system, you’re probably more familiar with gas-powered furnace systems. Gas is the most popular way to fuel your furnace across the country because gas provides powerful heat, it’s typically less expensive to run, and it’s more than likely that it pairs nicely with the rest of the temperature control in your home.

You might read all that above and think, “well, then why doesn’t everyone use a gas furnace system?” There are a few downsides. If you live in a home that doesn’t already have natural gas lines in place then installing this can be quite cumbersome, gas furnaces require you to have a carbon monoxide detector in place, and they don’t typically last as long as electric units.

Here’s Why You Might Like an Electric System

Electric run heating systems aren’t as common across the country but it’s not because they’re not a great option—especially in a climate like ours. Electric furnaces are a great option if you don’t already have a natural gas line for your home and you’re not interested in the process of installing one. Electric furnaces also have decreased safety issues when compared to a gas-powered system.

The major downside of an electric system is that it’s pretty expensive to run. Natural gas is a much cheaper energy source in your home and an electric run furnace can really raise your heating bill when temperatures get cold here in Columbia.

Come to a Professional for Assistance

We really wouldn’t recommend trying to make this decision on your own. You can scour the internet looking for resources to tell you what the better option is, but ultimately, the deciding factor is always going to be your home and your preferences. We can help you calculate the average energy consumption for your home and then point you in the direction of the right fuel system. We work alongside amazing brands like Daikin and Carrier too, so you’ll know that the quality service you’re getting is always matched with a great make and model heater.

Whether you’re installing a gas furnace or an electric furnace in your home here in Columbia, you can count on our team here at Fulmer Heating & Cooling for the best furnace services around. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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