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Is My Heater Gas Or Electric?

February 13, 2023 | Blog

If you’re looking for ways to save on your utility bills or looking to get a heater replacement, you should know what kind of heater you have. Gas and electric heating systems have their own pros and cons depending on your home’s needs. To start getting the most out of your heater, Southern Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you find out what kind of heating system you have in your home. Here are some ways you can tell the difference between a gas and an electric heater and why it’s important.

Check If Your Heater Has A Flame

You can see if your furnace is gas or electric by checking if it has a flame. Electric heaters create heat using electricity, so they lack a lot of parts that gas heaters have. Gas heaters will have a small window in the unit that lets you see the blue flame that keeps the system running. Gas HVAC systems are the only ones that have this window, so if you don’t have this window, chances are you have an electric unit.

Gas Heater Vs. Electric Heater: What’s The Difference?

Both of these types of units have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to certain homes. The obvious difference is that electric heaters produce heat using electricity while gas heaters generate heat using a burning flame. But which one is better for your home? Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind when choosing a heater:

  • Gas furnaces generate lower utility bills, but they cost more in overall repairs.
  • Electric furnaces require fewer repairs, but the utility bills can be pricey.
  • Electric furnaces are more environmentally friendly because they don’t emit toxic fumes.
  • Gas furnaces are best suited for cold climates while electric furnaces are best suited for warm climates.

Overall, there are many factors you should look for when choosing a heater. Whether you’re looking for a heater installation or a heater replacement, it’s important to know which type of heating system would best fit your home.

How Can You Get The Most Out Of Your Heating System?

Now that you have an idea of what kind of heating system you have and how you want it to work for your home, you can start using it to your advantage. Here are some ways your local heater services can make your furnace more efficient.

Adding Safety Precautions

When you know what kind of heating system you have, you can make sure you’re well prepared to keep the system from breaking down. Gas systems require additional installations like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure there aren’t any leaks in your system. Getting these installations will help protect you and your family from any repairs your heater might need.

Getting Routine Inspections

Technicians can help you get the most out of your HVAC system. This includes providing routine maintenance to clean out and replace any old parts that your system may have. This will prevent costly repairs in the long run. Your local services can also help you replace your system if you are looking to change out your unit.

Interested In A Heater Installation?

If you want to change your heating unit or need maintenance on your unit, Southern Air can help! Southern Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing provides installation services for new and returning customers. Contact us today if you’re interested in getting the most effective and efficient heating system for your home.

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