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Blog Oct 8, 2018

Gas vs. Electricity: Which is Cheaper?

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Choosing between gas and electricity to heat your home can be a confusing decision. Read more to find out the pros and cons to each when making the decision for your home. As you head into the fall and winter months of the year, use this as a guide to figure out whether gas or electricity is the best option for your family.

Read on below to determine if gas or electricity is the best way to heat your home.

Whether your heating system needs replacing or you are just looking for a more efficient way to heat your home this fall, consider outweighing the pros and cons to gas vs electricity.

Pros and Cons of Choosing Electricity

If you live in a warmer climate area, electricity may be the option for you. Typically, a warmer climate means less of a need for heating. Installing an electric heating system has a cheaper upfront cost, which is why homes in warm areas should consider going the electricity route because there is less of a need for heat in those areas. Along with the cheaper aspect, there is very little needed to install a heating system reliant on electricity. Since a vent is not required for this type of system, your electric heating system can live anywhere you see fit in your home. An electric heating system is a simple choice to heating your home in a warm climate and does not require a lot of maintenance.

There are many pros to choosing an electric heating system, but it is also important to look at possible downsides to this option. The two main downsides to using electricity to heat your home are, a slower heating process and a higher lifetime cost. With an electric heating system, you have to calculate the possible fluctuation of electricity costs, which will ultimately cost you more when heating your home with electricity. But warmer climates use less heating, so the slower heating process and higher lifetime cost may not affect you as much because of the climate in which you live in.

Pros and Cons of Choosing Gas

A gas heating system is a common choice for people who live in colder regions because of the higher usage of their heater during the cold months. Since homes in cold areas require more heating, a gas heating system is cheaper in the long run because of the increase of usage overtime. Gas is normally cheaper than electricity, so if you use your heater more than some, consider using gas if you want to save money in the long run. Living in colder regions of the country also means you want to be warm faster, which a gas run system can offer. Using gas to heat your home may be the best option for people who use more heat because of the climate they live in, but it is important to know the downsides to choosing a gas heating system.

Unlike the cheaper and easy aspect to using electricity, gas heating systems are more expensive and require more planning when installing. Gas units are not guaranteed to last as long as an electric unit, so many have the lifespan of 10 to 20 years. But also keep in mind the amount your heater is in use, the more you use it, it is likely it will not last as long as one that is not often used. One of the most important things to consider when choosing gas, is the maintenance this type of unit requires. A gas heating system runs on combustible gas, so yearly maintenance checks need to be made in order to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide throughout your home.

Which option is best for you?

The area in which you live in can be a huge help when deciding between gas and electric heating systems. So consider the region you live in and the typical weather for fall and winter, along with how warm you like to keep your home. Electricity is good option for people who are on a tighter budget and may not use as much heat, while gas is very efficient for homes in cold places and require more heat. There are pros and cons to both systems, so be sure to know all there is to know when you make the decision.

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