As a Bay Area homeowner, you may be curious whether it’s more energy efficient to use gas or electric heating in your home. In San Francisco and surrounding areas, most homes rely on gas to heat their homes. Overall, gas is cheaper than electricity. That being said, there are advantages to choosing electric to heat your home.
Here’s some information for home and business owners who want to cut heating costs and conserve energy.
When it comes to the equipment used, electrical furnaces cost approximately half as much as gas furnaces in general. Consumer Reports included a report in a 2012 issue that found electric furnaces often cost 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of gas furnaces. For instance, you may pay up to $3,000 for a gas furnace, or as little as $1,000 for electric.
It’s important to keep in mind the costs over the long term. When you consider the lifetime costs to operate your system, it usually balances out.
How much you pay to heat your Bay Area home will depend on:
- The fuel your system uses
- The cost of the fuel at any given time
- Your system’s efficiency
- The amount of heat the fuel provides
The average home uses 150 million BTUs of heat in winter months according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
How do gas and electric affect the environment? Natural gas burns far cleaner than systems using coal, however it does produce some emissions and pollution. The amount of pollution generated by an electric furnace depends largely on how the electricity used to power the furnace is produced.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to heat your San Francisco home or business using gas or electricity is up to you. Over the lifetime of the equipment, costs typically balance out.
Need new heating equipment installed in your home or business, or just need a little maintenance on your existing system? Call the San Francisco heating professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today!