Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces use electricity as fuel source, while heating and circulating air throughout a home through a system of duct work and vents.

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Advantages of Electric Furnaces:

  • Burns Clean - Electric furnaces do not produce soot or smoke.
  • Safe - Automatic breaker prevent them from overloading.
  • Designed for Multi-Position Installation -  May be installed in a basement, closet, or crawl space.
  • Compatibility - Electric Furnaces are compatible with Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Humidifiers and Air Cleaners.

 

Factors that Affect Electric Furnace Efficiency:

Installation

The quality of installation will greatly affect the furnace efficiency, so you will want your installation completed a by a trained and licensed professional.

Insulation

The amount of insulation is considered when determining the furnace size required to heat a home. Well insulated homes or newer homes require smaller units than homes with little insulation. You must also consider:

  • Window Types
  • Weather stripping around exterior doors
  • Home Construction Type
  • Levels to be Heated

Ducts and Venting

Leaks in the duct work will decrease furnace efficiency.  If leaks are detected, then sealing both the supply and the return air ducts will increase your furnace efficiency.  Consult with a trained professional for sound advice concerning your duct work and vents.

 

Operating Costs

Electric Furnaces have lower upfront costs, but higher operating costs compared to other home heating options.

They are known for being highly efficient compared to gas or oil furnaces, since they can transform 100% of their fuel into heat. However, the cost of electricity means they still have higher operating costs than gas or oil furnaces.

The operating expense of electric furnaces are also high when compared to other electric heating systems.  Heating systems such as baseboard heaters, wall heaters and electric thermal storage.  This is due to the amount of heat lost as the air moves through the ducts in your home.

Contact E.T. Mechanical today, and we can help you find the best heating options for your home and comfort.