Electric to Gas Furnace Conversions

The most common sources of fuel used to heat your home are electricity and natural gas. Gas is a practical and popular choice of home heating, but what happens if your home already has an electric heater? Find out if switching from electric heat to gas is worth the time and investment.

The first step is to find out if switching to gas heat is possible for your home. The conversion is easier for some homeowners than it is for others. What kind of electric heat are you currently using? If you have baseboard heaters to keep your home cozy, you may need ductwork installed, which can be very expensive, or even impossible depending on your home. If you’re already using an electric furnace or heat pump, ductwork is already in place, which would cut back considerably on the time and expense of Aire Serv of The Willamette installing gas furnace.

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Determine Your Long-Term Cost Savings

Natural gas costs less than electricity, sometimes noticeably so. Because of this, your heating bills will be lower with a gas furnace than with electric heat. The factor you must decide on is if the savings you’ll get will have a return on investment within a reasonable time frame. This length of time is different for every individual home. The complexity and cost of switching is usually the biggest drawback for most. We can help you with an estimate to see if this makes sense for you. There are local and national incentives from time to time, to help lower the initial investment.

Gas Furnaces Are Good for the Environment

Electricity is inefficient to use, which is one of the reasons it costs so much more than natural gas. The current average global efficiency rate of coal-fired power plants is just 33% By the time electricity arrives to your home even more energy is wasted, with only about a quarter of it making it to your heater.

Natural gas is more efficient, with new natural gas furnaces at almost 100% efficiency. The emissions from electric heaters are significantly higher than from gas heaters. Even if it takes you years to see a return on your investment, you will be helping the environment.

If you’re interested in converting from electric heat to gas heat, call Aire Serv of The Willamette for all your needs. If you have any questions about the process, call our expert technicians today! We service the greater Portland metro area, including the greater Salem, Oregon area.

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