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What You Don’t Know About Gas & Electric Heaters

Are you in need of a new heating system? Contrary to popular belief, there is more to selecting and installing heating than just picking a unit and having it installed in your home. There are two kinds of system: electric or natural gas.

The type of system you choose matters greatly, as it can affect your energy usage, your costs, and even how efficiently the system works. Each type of unit comes with its own pros and cons, so it’s important that you do your research and decide whether electric or gas heating is best for your home.

Here are all our secrets on what we know about gas versus electric heaters!

They Use The Same Duct System

ventBoth gas and electric systems make use of air ducts to cool your house. Most central cooling and heating systems require air ducts to distribute air to various areas in the house.

The same air ducts can be used in both cooling and heating systems. If you are looking to install a heater without having to install ductwork, you may want to consider a ductless air system.

Mini-splits are made up of several indoor wall-mounted units and one outdoor compressor unit that is connected to each of them, so you don't have to worry about a pricey ductwork installation.

They May Have Different Levels of Heating Efficiency

efficiencyNatural gas appliances have a tendency to be more efficient than their electric counterparts. If you are looking for the most efficient heating system, a gas-powered system is the way to go.

Gas not only warms air faster with less energy being used, but it also provides the security of knowing that your system will still be running in the event of a blackout.

Appliances that run on natural gas will continue to function, even when a severe storm or down power line leaves you without power.

They May Have a Different Cost

costBecause the cost of natural gas fluctuates so much and so often, the difference in cost between gas and electric systems can vary greatly.

Electric HVAC's may cost less money to buy and install, but they are also easier to repair and maintain, so those services don’t cost as much for an electric system as they do for a gas system.

Installing a gas system usually means installing new gas lines, which can add an extra cost.

They May Have Different Levels of Energy Usage


If going green is high on your list of priorities, then you may not mind the extra costs of gas heating for the ecological benefits. Natural gas units are said to be more eco-friendly than electric, partly because they are so efficient.

In most homes, the heating and cooling system uses up more energy than anything else in the house, so switching to a gas system can significantly reduce your electric bill. If you’re having trouble deciding which system is best for your home, the experts at Laney’s Inc. will be happy to help you come to a decision!

Give us a call at (701) 237-0543 to speak with a qualified professional in Fargo about your HVAC options. Don’t forget to share the information you learned here with your friends and neighbors by sharing the link to this article!