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The pros and cons of electric furnaces

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The pros and cons of electric furnaces
Read up on some savvy advice about caring for your heater. Heating systems have a fixed life. After ten years they begin to show their age, rust, leak, and are not as efficient as a current modern device. This same advice applies to water heaters and forced air heaters.

“If your furnace is starting to show its age, you'll need to replace it before a breakdown leaves you in the cold. When you do, you'll want to consider all of the options available to you instead of simply finding an identical replacement.

One option is an electric furnace, which heats a home in the same way as a gas-powered furnace but relies on a different source of energy. While these furnaces have a number of up-front benefits, you'll need to decide whether they'll be more advantageous over the entire lifespan of the device.

While electric furnaces have cheaper purchase and installation costs, they also cost more to run. Modernize.com says the typical gas furnace is about 63 percent less expensive to operate than an electric furnace. As a result, the up-front savings you realize from an electric furnace can quickly be obliterated by the higher costs of using the system each winter.”

The advice above is just a small sample of the sage advice you’ll find in the full article.

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