Gas or Electric HVAC – Which Is Right For You?

We’re changing the way we power just about everything right now. Have you made the switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric? What about placing solar panels on your roof? Or maybe you want a more efficient HVAC system. Should you choose gas or electric HVAC?

It’s a question many homeowners are asking as they create greener, more efficient living spaces. 

Here in Colorado, many homeowners use natural gas for heating and cooling their homes. But is it the best system for you? 

Gas furnace

Why do many people heat and cool their homes with gas? Utility costs. 

Gas or Electric HVAC - Which Is Right For You?

If your house was designed with gas as its primary power source, it’s something you’ve probably continued with without much thought. 

In colder climates, gas furnaces warm homes more quickly than other resources. That’s because the internal heat source can get much hotter with a gas furnace. Compare interior air of 85-95 degrees with a heat pump, versus 120-130 degrees with a gas furnace. That means your home can be warmer faster with a lower degree of effort. That’s efficiency, especially on the coldest days of the year. 

Electric furnace

Electric furnaces can be efficient in milder climates. Because they have a cooler core, it can take more power to create a warmer air supply. If the temperatures dip below freezing continuously, which often happens here along the Front Range, that can require your heating equipment to work harder to support your heating requirements. 

Natural gas is more accessible here in Colorado because we have the infrastructure to support it. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find both in homes across the metro area. What you have installed is dependent on who built your home. 

Want to switch?

We often replace what’s already there. But it doesn’t always make the most sense. Which is right for you? It’s dependent on a variety of things. 

  • How long are you planning to stay in your home?
  • How much are you willing to spend for installation?
  • Are you looking for monthly savings for years to come?
  • Do you want a more efficient system?
  • Are you replacing an entire home system, or looking to heat a recent extension?

The best way to determine the suitable heating method is to start with an energy audit. 

We can evaluate your current system and make suggestions to help you create a warm environment you’ll enjoy for years to come. 

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