Gas vs. Electric Furnace Guide: Which Furnace Works Best
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Gas Vs. Electric Furnaces: How To Choose

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If you’re trying to decide between an electric furnace and a gas furnace for your Southeast Michigan home, the Robin Aire Service Company experts can help. As a family-operated company, we’ve provided honest and quality service since 1985.

Our technicians are experienced and knowledgeable and can assist you in determining which heating system is suitable for your home and family. Below is an overview of each system to help you get started.

To schedule quick and dependable furnace services in Southeast Michigan, call Robin Aire at (800) 361-0888 or contact us online.

A Guide to Gas Furnaces

A gas furnace is a forced-air heating system that’s powered by natural gas. The system’s pilot light ignites a burner, producing a flame that warms a heat exchanger. Air from the furnace’s intake is warmed by the heat exchanger and pushed into the home by a blower through ducts. The heat is turned off when the house reaches the temperature set on the thermostat. Gas furnaces must be adequately vented with a flue. Otherwise, it can create a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Pros of Gas Furnaces

  • Lower operating costs
  • Heat homes quicker and more efficiently than electric furnaces

Cons of Gas Furnaces

  • Requires a natural gas line into the home
  • Some risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Can be noisy

What Is an Electric Furnace?

Electric furnaces are also forced-air heating systems, but they are powered by electricity and warm the air differently. These heating systems use an air handler with heating elements commonly called coils. Air is warmed by these coils and pushed by a blower fan into the home’s ductwork to heat the house.

Pros of Electric Furnaces

  • Longer life span than natural gas furnaces
  • Usually have lower installation and repair costs
  • Tend to be quieter than gas furnaces

Cons of Electric Furnaces

  • Typically have higher operating costs than gas furnaces
  • Take longer to heat your home, especially in colder climates
  • More prone to wear and tear than gas furnaces

Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Michigan Home

Determining which type of furnace is best for your home will depend on several factors, including your budget, home size, and whether you already have a natural gas line in your home. If you have a smaller home, an electric furnace may be all you need to stay warm throughout the winter. However, many Wisconsin homeowners choose gas furnaces because they are more powerful.

Why Choose Robin Aire Service Company?

Our team can help you determine the best heating system for your home. We offer a full range of furnace servicesincluding furnace installation, repair, and maintenance. We offer free estimates on replacements, service calls, upfront pricing, and financing.When you choose Robin Aire Service Company, you can expect a local, caring, and trustworthy team.

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Why Choose Robin Aire Service Company?

We’ve Provided Honest & Quality Service Since 1985
  • Founded by a veteran & an MVAA Veteran-Friendly Employer
  • An on-site metal shop for quick repairs
  • The most recent technology for all services
  • Fully stocked trucks
  • Worry-free service plan
  • A valuable referral program
  • Drug-tested & background-screened technicians
  • Commitment to your community & our environment
  • Free estimates on equipment
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