If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you’ll have to replace your household furnace at some point. Although gas, oil, and even propane furnaces have made sense in the past, use of fossil fuels in home-heating systems isn’t as popular as it once was. Electric furnaces have a lot to offer modern homeowners. The following are eight reasons why you should consider having an electric furnace installed.
Reduced Risk of Interior Carbon-Monoxide Poisoning
Fuel-burning heating systems come with the risk of elevated carbon monoxide levels in the home interior—and this can cause illness and even death for household residents and domestic pets. Electric furnaces and other household devices that use electricity do not produce carbon monoxide, so your family and pets will be safe from what is commonly known as “the cold weather killer.”
Decreased Installation Costs
Because baseboard heating systems don’t involve the installation of ductwork, they are relatively inexpensive when compared with other furnace options because the installation process is far less complex and time consuming. They also take up less space than their fuel-fired counterparts.
Electric Furnaces Can Be Used with Solar Heat
As more and more power companies generate at least a portion of their home electricity via solar panels, homeowners are increasingly installing electric heating appliances that are compatible with solar power. Because this trend will only continue to grow in coming years, electric furnaces make sense. Even if you don’t have solar panels now, you may choose to have them put in at some later date.
There Is Less Fire Danger with an Electric Furnace
Because electric heating sources have no combustion process, there is less likelihood of a malfunction creating a fire danger. Also, oil and propane tanks can turn existing fires deadly in a matter of seconds, and that hazard doesn’t exist with electric furnaces.
Energy from Electricity Is Becoming Increasingly Renewable
Renewable energy sources generated about 13 percent of all electricity produced in the United States during the year 2015. These sources include solar, wind, water, biomass wood, and geothermal power. This number will probably continue to climb in the years to come. After all, wind power alone has increased 50 percent since 2010. Cultivation of renewable energy sources are encouraged by government policies. In contrast, petroleum-based energy usage increased by only one percent in 2015.
Electric Furnaces Are Quiet
Gas, oil, and propane heaters often have noisy blowers that wake up the entire house when they come on. In contrast, electric heating systems run quietly. This can be very important for those with babies in the home or for people who are light sleepers.
There Is No Heat Loss From Chimneys or Vents
Other types of furnaces come installed with chimneys or vents in order to allow for the release of combustion byproducts, but this can also allow warm air to escape during the furnace’s off-cycle. This doesn’t occur with electric furnaces because these systems have no combustion process, so warm air stays trapped inside.
Electric Heating Systems Are Easy to Work On
Electric furnaces have less moving parts than their oil, gas, and propane counterparts and also feature less complicated construction. For this reason, homeowners are often able to troubleshoot minor problems without having to call in a professional. These systems are also safer to work on because they don’t involve handling volatile fuels; you simply switch the system off to avoid electric shocks, and you’re good to go. Parts are usually less expensive, and service visits by professionals usually cost less as well. For more information on the benefits of opting for an electric furnace over those using fossil fuels, please feel free to contact a local heating and cooling contractor such as Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co at your convenience.