January 8, 2021

Gas vs. Electric Furnace: Which Should You Install?

Written by SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning

Gas Electric Furnace - SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC system or you’re in need of furnace repair, you may find yourself faced with the decision between installing a gas furnace or an electric furnace. Both definitely have their respective pros and cons. Though some features may depend on your regional location, such as cost of gas or furnace repair, our technicians at SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning recommend installing a gas furnace system. But why?

A gas furnace is a more efficient alternative than an electric furnace in a variety of ways.

Though gas furnaces may be more pricey to install, they can save you thousands over time.

Not only is natural gas more inexpensive than electricity, but it also heats your home faster. You can rest assured that you and your family can get comfy more quickly! Costs of installation and maintenance vary based on your location, but if you’re in the Michiana area, feel free to give SAMS a call to find out current pricing for our services compared to other HVAC companies. 

Upfront costs for gas systems average around an estimated $1,200 for the furnace alone, but can cost more with installation included. While this is an initial price commitment, the cost of running your furnace will be more affordable than an electric furnace in most cases. 

Once the installation is complete, though, you’ll definitely start to see savings on your energy bills. Natural gas is one of the most inexpensive resources. As a result, heating your home with natural gas can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over time. In fact, the cost of an electric furnace long-term is, in fact, nearly 2.5 times higher in the U.S. than that of the average gas furnace. If you live in a rural area, the price of natural gas may be slightly higher. Please feel free to call us with any questions, or research your local gas prices for the most current rates.


“Rest assured that you and your family

can get comfy more quickly!”



Compared to the average electric furnace, gas systems tend to have a longer life expectancy.

To sum up most of what we’ve said thus far, a gas furnace is an investment. It’s not one we take lightly, either – when you have a system that will last over a decade, you want to make sure you are getting the most quality furnace repair and maintenance. 

If your gas furnace is closing in on 15 to 20 years of life, it’s probably a good idea to start at least considering your next options. Though it may last longer, it’s always best to be prepared! For recommendations or to schedule a consultation, give SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning a call.

Regularly having your furnace serviced will ensure that you get the most life out of your HVAC system as possible.

Like many HVAC companies, SAMS recommends getting your furnace checked out at least once every year. These regular check-ups will make sure that any issues will be found promptly, and the system will run for years to come. This applies to both gas and electric furnace units! However, please keep in mind that SAMS only services gas furnaces.

Installation of a gas furnace is simple if you have a natural gas line already directed to your home. Simple doesn’t mean DIY, though – make sure you still have a team of professionals come to install your system! The same goes for most types of furnace repair. While it may be tempting to try and fix it yourself, you open up the possibility of injuring yourself damaging the system. For the sake of your safety, please call SAMS for furnace installation!

Though we don’t have a perfect solution to emissions yet, natural gas is one of the most eco-friendly ways to warm your home. 

Yes, believe it or not, a gas furnace is a more environmentally friendly option than most electric furnaces! Researchers are always trying to find new ways to create energy from resources that will keep our planet healthy, but nothing is perfect just yet. That being said, though, there are definitely options that are more ideal for the environmentally conscious household.

You may have heard that an electric furnace eliminates the emissions that a high-efficiency gas furnace produces. Although this is true, the environmental impact of using hydro dams to generate electricity practically nullifies these benefits. 

Additionally, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015, about 67% of electricity generation in the United States came from plants converting fossil fuels to electricity. Many of the fossil fuels they use, such as coal, do not burn cleanly, making them a risk to the environment. While natural gas is also a nonrenewable resource, we have a lot of supply left, and it is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel; therefore, it is one of the most environmentally conscious decisions you can make for your home. 

Michiana residents in particular can benefit greatly from a gas furnace as opposed to an electric furnace. 

Gas Electric Furnace - SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning

For people who live in chillier climates, like we do here in the lovely Midwest, it is widely believed that a high-efficiency gas furnace is the most efficient option across the board. Especially if your home is on the larger side, since your unit will be running longer due to the larger space and low temperature, a gas furnace will make sure you keep the cost to keep it running as low as possible.

What makes us different from other HVAC companies is that our team truly puts the comfort of our clients before anything else. With impeccable reviews, top-notch technicians, and a host of happy customers, SAMS Heating & Air Conditioning would love to serve you and your family and keep you comfortable this winter. We are proud to have served Michiana since 2002, and would love to assist you with any furnace repair issues that may arise this season. We can be reached at (269) 663-5700 or (574) 255-9184. Let us make you our next happy customer!

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