Electric furnaces have only been available for home use for a few decades, but they're being installed less and less already due to the push to use natural gas furnaces or efficient heat pumps instead. But for cold climates where a heat pump just isn't going to work, an electric furnace is still one of the best options for keeping your home warm all winter long. These four benefits unique to electric furnaces may make them the right choice for you.
Electric furnaces can be installed anywhere there's either a grid connection for power or a large enough bank of solar panels and batteries. They can fit into relatively small spaces with no ventilation needed, making them ideal for apartments, tiny homes, and other homes with limited utility space. There's no need to have a driveway capable of supporting a gas delivery truck or space for an oil storage tank just to stay warm when you choose electric heating.
Low Local Costs
Many people live in areas where local electricity is far less expensive than the national average. While electric furnaces usually cost more or the same to run as their gas and oil counterparts, this is a different story when you install a high efficiency model in an area with affordable rates. Check the rates you pay per kilowatt hour and use one of the many online calculators to determine how much you pay per unit of heating compared to a gallon of propane or oil.
Fewer Safety Risks
Propane and oil furnaces are very safe as long as they're maintained and operated properly. However, there is always a slight risk of a fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, or explosion when you're using a combustible fuel like oil. The fuels can also leak and create their own safety risks, along with potential damage to any permanent supply lines running to the house from a local utility service. Electric furnaces have none of these associated risks, making your home a safer place.
All furnaces, regardless of fuel type or design, require annual maintenance at the very least. Yet there's generally less work for the technician to do during the annual checkup of an electric furnace because there's no fuel residue to clean up or fuel nozzles to adjust and replace. As long as there's nothing wrong with the furnace, an annual checkup will generally include just a cleaning of the air handlers and a check of the systems to make sure they're functioning properly. You can also do more of the cleaning and maintenance chores yourself, as long as you stay out of the electrical control areas marked with clear warning signs.
For more information about electrical furnaces and other types of furnace systems, contact a heating company, such as Lakeside Heating & A/C Inc.