Gas heat VS electric heat in Cullman and Athens, AL
Home heating systems have been the subject of many controversies pertaining to which method might be "best" for heating a home when comparing natural gas heat with electric heat.
Due to the advantages and disadvantages of using particular forms of energy, most HVAC companies tend to lean more towards one product preference or another because of efficiency ratings, cost effectiveness, unit reliability, system warranties, energy consumption, and energy usage. However, Valley Heating & Cooling allows you to decide what is best for you and your family when it comes to the type of heating unit that you use.
In all reality, the real question to be asked should be phrased, "What is the most cost efficient and cost effective heating method for residents that live in Cullman and Decatur, Alabama?" Valley Heating & Cooling is here to help you make the best investment decisions and then optimize and maximize the performance of the HVAC system that you have determined to adopt.
When gas heat and electric heat are compared, the fact is that in newer homes the favored method between natural gas heat and electric heat is split nearly 50/50. United States government statistics on home heaters and heater systems have shown that 43% of newer homes use natural gas heat, while 44% rely upon electricity. You're probably asking yourself, what about the other 13%? Well, we will discuss that heating category in a future article. Now, as far as efficiency goes in concern of overall long term heating costs, there are many factors that come into play that depend on:
- geographical location.
- fuel types.
- fuel cost.
- equipment cost.
- fuel and equipment availability.
- attic insulation.
- Duct Sealing quality.
- the use of heat exchangers.
- the use of heat pumps.
- and other essential details in the cost/efficiency equation.
In terms of electric heat systems, space heat is most commonly used to raise interior room temperatures. Space heaters customarily rely upon heating elements to heat the air they come in contact with. Space heaters use different techniques like radiative heating, convection heating, forced air heating, forced convection heating, and under floor heating which is known as radiant heat. Electric heaters are able to profit from heat exchangers and heat pumps by increasing output efficiency (and lowering usage consumption). In most cases, the amount of energy required to run electric heaters is actually greater than the heat that is put out. For this very reason, some countries like Denmark and Sweden have either banned or restricted certain types of systems due to aspects of poor efficiency. As far as statistics are concerned, the cost of electricity can heavily outweigh the cost of other heating alternatives like natural gas, even if that electric system is quoted to be "100% efficient." Depending on location, space heating alone can be cost effective only if energy rates are low enough and the heating techniques used permit higher percentages of output efficiency.
Gas heaters can also be considered space heaters, but instead of solely relying upon electricity, they use fuels like natural gas, propane, liquefied petroleum gas, and butane to provide the heat they produce. As far as operating and usage costs, a central gas heating system will outperform an electric heat system when measuring heat output in British thermal units. When comparing BTU's, an electric heater generally costs $32.50 - $35.00 per one-million BTU's, whereas gas heaters cost $10.10 -$13.00 per one-million BTU's. Although gas furnaces may cost more during the initial investment, they pay themselves off in the long haul. Heat pumps and heat exchangers used in conjunction with gas heaters and gas furnaces can double (or triple) the effectiveness of your HVAC unit.
If you're looking for a new heating furnace, Valley Heating & Cooling sells, installs, maintains, and repairs all the following HVAC brands:
Trane, Carrier, AirTemp, Broan, Goodman,
Lennox, York, Amana, GE, Nordyne,
Payne, RUUD, Rheem, DAIKIN,
Looking for better ways to maximize the efficiency and productivity of your current HVAC system? Call Valley Heating & Cooling today! We have trained our HVAC technicians to provide you with the best return on investment. Our proven methods and techniques will help you reduce energy costs and increase family comfort. We install, maintain, repair, and replace all HVAC heat & air systems any time of the day (or night, in the case of emergency HVAC service needs).
For higher heat efficiency, ensure that your duct sealing and attic insulation are productively supporting your heat and air systems.
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