Should I Get A Gas or Electric Furnace for My Alton, IL Home?

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During the winter, it is going to be getting a lot colder outside. This is the perfect time of year to stay at home where it is nice and cozy, put on a fun movie, or maybe read a book while you have your furnace keeping you warm. Some may wonder, however, what kind of furnace they should have, an electric furnace, or a gas one. Here we will be talking about the differences between these types of furnaces and which one you should pick for your home in Alton, IL.

Electrical Furnace

The Costs

Both electric furnaces and gas furnaces typically have different costs. Your average electric furnace is going to cost you less before factoring in any installation or other additional costs. Gas furnaces will cost you less overall compared to electric furnaces to run. The cost and effectiveness of running either of these types of furnaces also depend on the size of the space you live in and the climate of your region. A gas furnace will warm up your home quicker and are better suited for colder climates. Electric furnaces work great for smaller homes in usually warmer climates.


It is essential to also understand the lifespan of both units. With careful maintenance, a gas furnace can keep running smoothly for 20 years. Be sure to have them checked at least once a year to ensure there is no carbon monoxide leaking anywhere. You may also have to replace any other small but important parts of your gas furnace. A typical electric furnace will last way longer and require minimal service. If you are willing to pay for the repair and maintenance costs your gas furnace will require, it is a good option, if not, you should go with an electric one.

Gas Furnaces

Overall Safety

Knowing the safety of a furnace is one of the most crucial parts when getting one. You need to be sure you will be able to maintain it, so it does not hurt the people who live with you in your Alton, IL home. If your gas furnace has a leak, it may leak carbon monoxide into your home. It is a colorless and odorless gas that can be lethal.  If you do not have the time to maintain a gas furnace, it is best to go with an electric furnace.

If you have any more questions, need a suggestion on a furnace type that will fit your lifestyle, or need a furnace installed, give our team over at Dixon Heating and Air Cooling a call today!

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