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Choosing a Heater: Should You Go With an Electric Model?

dog sleeping on wood floor in front of radiatorWith our coldest weather just around the corner, now is the time to think about the best ways to stay warm. And if you’re on the market for a new heating system, there are a number of options to choose from. Options include gas powered systems, which are still very popular amongst homeowners. But there are many reasons one may choose an electric heater, such as a radiant heating system.

First and foremost, we want to mention how important it is that you hire a professional electrician in Cambridge, MA to complete any type of electrical installation or electric work, to ensure your safety and the protection of your home. Homeowners are sometimes quick to dismiss the idea of electric heating options, naming operational costs as a reason. It’s true, that electricity is higher in cost than using natural gas, but electric models do have their advantages.

Source Availability

Electricity is pretty much available in any part of the United State. However, gas and oil isn’t always as accessible. Even in well-developed cities around the country, you could move into an older housing complex or neighborhood that simply doesn’t have access to gas lines—and getting propane or oil delivered to your home is not always the most convenient task!

Solar Convertibility

Solar powered appliances are becoming increasingly popular today, and for good reason. They’re environmentally friendly, and help you harness the FREE power of the sun to power all of your appliances, including your electric heater. Electric heaters can be connected to solar panels to help you save energy—and subsequently, money.

Cost and Efficiency

True, we’ve already said that electricity costs more to run than natural gas. However, if you are more concerned with the initial investment of your heater, in most cases installing an electric heater is far less complex—and therefore less expensive—than installing a gas-powered heating system. Additionally, when well maintained, an electric heater can work more efficiently than gas-powered options—particularly furnaces.

Increased Safety

Gas powered furnaces today are built with consumer safety in mind. They are, in fact, much safer than gas-powered appliances of the past. However, there is still a risk involved with them. For instance, a cracked heat exchanger in a gas powered furnace can increase your risk of exposure to carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, but harmful gas that can lead to illness and even fatalities if not detected in time.

Again, gas furnaces are built with safety in mind and there are of course options out there for carbon monoxide detectors. However, electric furnaces don’t produce gases at all, and therefore there is no risk of a carbon monoxide leak.

Electric heating systems are very capable of providing the necessary heat and comfort to keep your home pleasant during our long and very chilly winters. If you are considering a heater installation or replacement, now is the best time to start looking at your options!

For electrical services you can count on, contact FB Electrical Services Inc. today!

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