We all like having choices when shopping, whether it’s for groceries, clothes, electronics, or basically anything in our lives. Another area where it’s good to have options is your home heating system. When it comes time to replace your furnace, you have three main choices for fuel sources: natural gas, electric, and oil. Of the three, gas is the most popular method. In this article, we’ll explain why this is the case.
How a gas furnace works
A natural gas furnace is a forced-air system, making it different than a boiler or heat pump. A gas supply line is hooked up to the furnace. Inside the unit, the burner ignites the natural gas. The energy of the flame is directed into the heat exchanger, while the combustion exhaust is vented outside. The heat exchanger then transfers the heat to air that is being blown through the system. This warm air is then pushed through ducts and released through registers in different rooms in the home.
Advantages of natural gas for home heating
There’s a reason why natural gas is the most common fuel source for furnaces around the country. Actually, there are a few.
Lower energy costs
Energy costs vary by location and utility provider, but in general, natural gas is less expensive than electricity. The more you use your furnace in the winter, the greater this cost difference can be. It’s also important to compare the energy-efficiency ratings of furnaces. New natural gas furnaces are rated up to 98% efficient, while older units can be 80% or less. So upgrading your furnace now can save you a lot of money on energy costs this winter and for years to come.
More effective in cold environments
This is a big one for our Minnesota neighbors. Gas furnaces are capable of heating to a higher temperature than electric furnaces. They also work in all types of outside conditions, while a heat pump stops working as effectively when the outdoor temperature drops below 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Healthier and environmentally friendly
Natural gas burns cleaner than other energy sources like oil and wood in a fireplace. That makes it better for the health of your household. For the environment, natural gas produces less carbon dioxide than electricity generated by coal or oil.
More reliable service
With a gas furnace, you can be more confident that your home will stay warm and cozy all winter long. Natural gas lines are buried underground, while many electrical lines are above ground and can be affected by storms or accidents. If your power goes out, you will need a generate to run the furnace but your gas supply should work like normal.
Furnace installation in Buffalo, Wright County, and West Metro
When you add it all up, the choice of furnaces seems pretty straightforward – go with gas. Whether you want to switch to a natural gas heating system or it’s time to upgrade your old furnace, you can trust the experts at DeZiel Heating & AC. For friendly service and honest prices, call us today at (763) 684-3965.