Gas versus electric: who wins?
Of course, you’re going to get the old “it depends” answer. But fortunately, we’ll tell you which is better in various situations.
That way you can make the best decision for yourself.
Here’s a summary of the key points of this post:
So, let’s get right to the nitty-gritty:
Electric heaters cost a lot less to install. They don’t require a flue or any outside ventilation.
But, they usually cost more over the long run. That’s because electricity doesn’t produce heat nearly as efficiently as gas.
Gas heaters, on the other hand, cost more to install. There’s two types:
It’s installing the necessary ventilation that costs more. But, gas heaters generally cost less over the long-term because gas heats more efficiently then electricity.
However, this is somewhat reduced by the shorter life of gas heaters. They may only last 50 – 66% of the total lifespan of an electric heater.
2. Noise and General Disruption
Electric heaters are generally quieter and less disruptive than gas heaters. It’s because they have a simpler design that doesn’t require a flue, vent or burner.
Electric heaters also don’t release carbon monoxide. That makes them safer to have in your home. You don’t have to worry about breathing in noxious fumes.
Gas heaters still are pretty safe. But they do have the chance of leaking gas, which you need to address immediately. And they can leak carbon monoxide into your home.
Electric heaters require practically no maintenance at all. And the minimal amount of maintenance that needs to be done, you can do yourself.
Gas heaters, on the other hand, need some care and attention. Otherwise, you risk leaking gas or carbon monoxide into your home. You might even have a professional do an annual tune-up with your gas heater.
Maintenance includes changing the filter, ensuring proper operation of the thermostat, cleaning the blower, cleaning the ducts, cleaning the vents, and inspecting the fan.
4. Heating speed
Gas heats faster. Typically, people who live further north in colder areas of the US have gas furnaces for this reason.
Electricity has a hard time keeping up with gas in brutally cold temperatures. And that can make the costs of electricity skyrocket.
Here in Texas, you might simply enjoy the fact that your home gets to the temperature you want faster.
Knowing all of this, which will it be for you?
Gas and electric both have their pros and cons.
And only you can decide which makes most sense for you.