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Gas VS. Electric Furnace: Which Is Better?

November 21, 2022 | Blog

Home services are an investment in your future, so it’s best to make the best decision the first time. Whether it’s choosing a perfect wall color or picking out new HVAC appliances, your dream home should be tailored to your needs. At Channell Heating & Cooling, we are proud to show you the different Hazlehurst furnace options available to you!

To determine which furnace type is right for you, consider these factors.

The Differences Between Gas and Electric Furnaces

The main difference between a gas furnace and an electric furnace is going to be the power supply. While gas appliances are fueled by natural gas, electric appliances run off of electric power from your home. This leads to a lot of differences in their performance, price, and even their appearance that may or may not suit your individual needs.

You should factor your choices into what will work best for your house and your family! Making sure to stay knowledgeable about the pros and cons of both can make your decision much easier.


Gas heating systems actually cost less in fuel over a longer period of time. This is because it isn’t taking electricity directly from your house, but instead using natural gas. However, where it fails in price is in its maintenance, where it will need regular check-ups. It is also more likely to need professional maintenance.

Electric systems may cost more in their actual energy, but there tends to be a lot less maintenance. This may not be the best choice for you if you happen to use your furnace at a lot higher volume, because it will end up costing you more.

Another big part of the price is going to be furnace installation. The installation of gas appliances tends to be a lot more complicated, which is why it may cost more to install it when compared to electric.


While both appliances do an amazing job at heating your home, the amount of heat expelled in a certain amount of time is different.

For those in a bigger house, you may want to look into a gas heater. This is because it puts out heat at a much faster pace, meaning it will be able to heat your home more efficiently. For smaller homes, electric will take up a lot less space while still heating your home efficiently.


A heater fueled by gas combusts fuel in order to produce heat, which also produces carbon monoxide (CO). If a CO leak occurs without being detected and repaired quickly, the effects can be deadly.

On the other hand, electric furnaces run the risk of shirt-circuiting and creating an electric fire — one of the leading causes of home fires.

Thankfully, with professional installation and proper maintenance, safety risks drastically improve for any type of furnace by detecting some issues as quickly as possible and preventing others from happening altogether.

Wondering Which One To Choose?

Whether you need gas furnace installation or electric furnace installation, Channell’s Heating & Cooling is here to help you! Based in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, we want to provide families with heating services that will keep them warm all winter long.

We also offer service and financing options that can benefit any home, and pride ourselves on being hassle-free. Keep your peace of mind with our 100% money-back guarantee, and call today to schedule services for your home!

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