Natural gas vs. electric heat
If you are considering replacing your heating system, you have two main options, either gas or electric. What you choose will depend on your needs, but here are a few things to consider when making your choice.
A natural gas HVAC system is generally cheaper to operate than electric. They are especially good in colder climates where you run your heater often during the winter. Gas heaters also tend to heat your home faster.
The natural gas HVAC system does have its drawbacks. Usually gas furnaces cost more than electric heaters when first installed, and installation is usually a little more complicated. But those upfront costs are offset over time by savings on your heating bills. Regular maintenance is advised to ensure efficient operation. This will help avoid any exposure to carbon monoxide gas.
Electric heaters usually cost less and are easier install, but these savings are usually only noticeable in warmer climates where the heater isn’t run often. But electric heaters take longer to heat up the home and electricity is generally more expensive than gas.
Climate and short-term vs. long-term costs are the main considerations people will look at when choosing between a natural gas HVAC system and electric heaters.
When you do decide to replace your HVAC system, the professionals at All Climate Heating and Cooling in Charlotte, NC recommend Comfortmaker systems. These systems are versatile and have an assortment of features and options. We also specialize in service and repair of these systems. Learn more about Comfortmaker HVAC systems by calling us at 704-964-8375.
How do I know if my heat is gas or electric?
If you are considering a natural gas HVAC system as a way to power your heating, you will first need to find out if your heating system is gas or electric. It’s an easy thing to check.
All you need to do is look at the front of the heating unit. If it’s a gas heater, you will see a window on the front of the heater and a blue flame glowing. That blue flame is the burner and all gas heaters use burners. With gas heaters you will hear noise from the burner. Electric heaters don’t have an access window or make noise.
Natural gas facts
Here are some natural gas facts:
- As a fossil fuel, natural gas is composed of primarily methane.
- It is odorless, colorless and non-toxic. Mercaptan is added so it can be detected in case of leaks.
- It comes in two forms, either dry or wet. It’s the dry gas that’s used for heating.
- It’s used for more than heating and cooking. Natural gas is used in vinyl flooring and carpeting, as well as in Aspirin and artificial limbs.
- Natural gas accounts for more than 20% of fuel consumed globally.
Natural gas benefits
Natural gas has plenty of benefits besides being a less expensive alternative to electric when heating your home. It burns cleaner than other fossil fuels, so it is environmentally friendly. It’s also safer and easier to store than other fuels, but, of course, has to be handled with care because it is combustible. It is also extremely reliable. Your natural gas HVAC system, for instance, won’t be knocked out during storms. In addition, it’s in plentiful supply in the U.S.
Which is cheaper, heat pump or natural gas?
There is no single answer as to whether gas or heat pumps are cheaper. To a large extent, what you choose will depend on where you live. In a warmer climate, gas heaters will probably be less effective and more costly to run. You will also have to factor in which is cheaper in your area, electricity or gas rates. Additionally, you’ll need to know where your electricity comes from. You’ll also benefit from modern equipment.
Does heat use gas in house?
That depends on the source your system uses for heating. While most, but not all, air conditioners run on electricity, your heater will either be gas or electricity powered.
What are the 3 biggest uses for natural gas?
In the U.S., natural gas is primarily used in homes for heating and cooking. Your heater may run on natural gas, as well as your stove. Your water is probably also heated by a gas water heater.
Natural gas is also used to generate electric power. When generating electricity it emits less carbon dioxide than oil or coal.
Natural gases are also used in manufacturing processes to dry, bake or glaze products. Among its other industrial uses, it’s also used to heat steel and glass, as well as bricks, cement and tile.
Do air conditioners run on natural gas?
While most air conditioners use electricity to cool your home, there are gas-powered air conditioning systems. These systems are known to be very efficient and can heat your home in the winter.
Need HVAC service?
If you have a natural gas HVAC system in Charlotte, NC, and you need it repaired or replaced, you can rely on the professionals at All Climate Heating and Cooling to get the job done right. Learn more about our services by calling 704-964-8375.