Furnace Installation: Gas or Electric, Which is better?

Choosing the Right Furnace Installation for Your Home

What type of residential furnace installation should I choose for my home? That topic so rarely comes up that most homeowners are unfamiliar with the options and therefore unfamiliar with the pros and cons of the decision. The only times the subject arises are when a homeowner gets to customize new construction or during the replacement of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Heating a home accounts for about 29 to 45% of the home’s utility cost, so this decision has long-term significance for the family budget. Since these systems last for 15 to 20 years, the decision still does not come up very often. Here is the basic 411 for furnace choices.

Across the nation, some locations offer oil-powered boilers and furnaces, but in South Texas, there are two basic choices:

Furnace Installation Initial Cost

The purchase price of the equipment and the price of installation are significantly different. The equipment for gas-powered systems is about 30 to 50% higher than electric and heat pump systems, but the cost of fuel to power the system can make up for the difference. The piping of a gas supply may also increase the installation cost of a gas-powered system.


Furnace efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE; again, there is a difference between the two system choices:

Energy Cost

The cost of energy fluctuates over time, so energy costs require a little research. Electricity is sold by the kilowatt-hour and natural gas is sold by the cubic foot; make sure that you compare the cost of energy output for a better understanding.


Electric—powered systems have a slight edge when it comes to maintenance and repairs. This allows a general statement to be made concerning system lifespans: gas-powered systems last closer to the 15-year range and electric-powered systems last closer to the 20-year range.

However, increasing the lifespan for both systems is dependent on regular, annual inspection and cleaning. A well-maintained system of either type will last longer than a poorly maintained system.

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