Gas vs Electric Furnace: Which is Better for Your Portland Home?

If you’re looking to install a new furnace in Portland, you’re probably wondering if a gas or electric furnace is more suitable for your needs.

While the choice typically comes down to the fuel type your existing furnace uses, three main factors could inform your decision to switch:

  • Unit costs
  • Lifetime savings
  • Safety concerns

We’ll look at each of these factors to help you determine what type of furnace might be best for you.

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Factor #1: Unit costs

Generally, gas furnace units cost more than electric furnace units by $500-$1,500. While gas furnace units cost more upfront to install, they do provide better long-term savings—unless you already have an electric furnace.

Unfortunately, if you want to switch from an electric furnace unit to a gas furnace unit, you’ll need to:

  • Add special venting, which can cost an additional $500-$1,000+. This is because gas furnaces use vents to remove fumes produced during heating.
  • Add natural gas lines if your home doesn’t already have them. You might have to pay an extra $1,500+ to run them through your home.
  • Electrical revisions may be required for proper amperage and voltage.

The bottom line is that if you don’t already have access to natural gas, an electric furnace is a more cost-effective option. If you do have access to natural gas, a gas furnace could be a better option because of the lower monthly operating costs.

Factor #2: Lifetime savings

Both gas and electric furnaces can save you money in the long run.

A gas furnace can provide you with long-term savings through reduced monthly energy bills. Electricity is a more expensive fuel source than gas in the Portland area, so gas furnaces are cheaper on a month-to-month basis to operate.

An electric furnace can last longer than a gas furnace. For example, electric furnaces can last 20-30 years while gas furnaces only last 10-20 years. This can help you save money because the longer a furnace lasts, the longer you can go without having to pay for a furnace replacement.

Factor #3: Safety concerns

Some Portland homeowners dislike the idea of having a gas furnace because of carbon monoxide concerns. So, instead, they opt for an electric furnace.

That said, gas furnaces are safe if installed correctly. Carbon monoxide leaks are very rare. And regular furnace maintenance can easily catch any issues before they snowball.

If you like the idea of a gas furnace but are concerned about safety, speak with an experienced HVAC technician.

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Our team of NATE-certified technicians can help you determine which furnace type would be best for your home and budget. We’ll also go over financing options and specials so you can afford the right furnace for you.

Once you’re ready for a furnace installation, we can get the install done in one day so you can enjoy your new furnace.

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