Gas Furnace vs Electric Furnace

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Are you on the fence between getting a gas furnace or an electric furnace and not sure which way to turn? The heating of your home or business is important and a decision that should be thought through. The two most common types of furnaces are gas furnaces and electric furnaces. Continue reading below for more information about gas furnaces and electric furnaces and the benefits and drawbacks of each from the team here at Coastal Home Services.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a gas furnace?

A gas furnace is what typically comes to mind when thinking of the heating source paired with an air conditioning unit. A gas furnace runs off of natural gas and creates original heat by igniting a pilot light and drawing in heat through the heat exchanger. The tricky part about gas furnaces is that not everyone is able to have them. Some locations do not have the piping infrastructure needed to deliver natural gas, so it is not always an option. A few benefits and drawbacks of a gas furnace include:


  • Less expensive to run long term
  • Provide a strong heat source
  • Pairs well with AC unit and heat pump 
  • Lifespan of 20-25 years


  • Higher initial investment
  • Only available where natural gas lines are present
  • Additional indoor coil purchase may be required
  • Routine maintenance and service is required

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of an electric furnace?

An electric furnace runs off electricity, as the name indicates, and is triggered by an electric ignition, signaling the heating mechanisms to work. An electric furnace creates original heat as well. A few benefits and drawbacks of an electric furnace include:


  • Lower initial investment
  • Runs on electricity, making this option always available
  • All inclusive unit to heat and cool home
  • Minimal service required over lifetime
  • Lifespan of 25-30 years


  • Higher electric bill
  • More expensive to run long term

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Questions about what type of furnace is best for you property? 

Coastal Home Services has been delivering quality customer service and care for over thirteen years, earning the title of the #1 provider for heating and air conditioning services on the Crystal Coast. If there’s an issue with your heating and air conditioning system or you have questions, our friendly NATE certified team is here to help! Give us a call to learn more about our company and the services we provide, and to learn more about furnace options from our Trane® certified professionals.

Whatever method of heat you decide to go with, let Coastal Home Services help you! Ready to switch out your furnace? Choose Coastal Home Services as your heating and air conditioning provider today.

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