We agree, gas furnaces are nice. When it comes to keeping the dry and cold winters away from your home, a gas furnace has immense power and reliability.
However, if you’re reading this post, it’s because you have some concerns about the safe performance of a gas furnace—either the one you already have installed, or the one you’re thinking of installing. Are there safer ways to heat your home?
First, Gas Furnaces Are Not Dangerous
We want to make it clear that having a gas furnace in your home doesn’t mean you are taking some kind of reckless chance. A gas furnace isn’t an inherently dangerous device. They are the most common type of heating system found in homes across the country, and they wouldn’t have gotten so popular (or passed government inspections) if they put families at risk just by being in the house. If a natural gas furnace is properly maintained each year—something that should be done for any heating system—the chance of anything going wrong with it that will become hazardous is slim. As long as you have CO detectors in your house, you should be alerted in time if a gas furnace begins to leak harmful exhaust into the living spaces.
But You Do Have Options If You Want Them
Now that we’ve defended gas furnaces, we’re going to offer you alternatives anyway. We understand not everyone will feel comfortable with using gas in their home, and some homes won’t have natural gas connections. What heating options do you have?
The Electric Furnace
If you want to stick to the familiar, an electric furnace is a flexible choice for heating. Electric furnaces run voltage through heating elements to generate heat, which is then transferred to the air from the standard blower fan. Electric furnaces are less expensive than gas furnaces, but they are more expensive to run because of the higher cost of electricity.
A heat pump is a refrigerant-based system. You might immediately think this sounds like a bizarre way to heat your home. But think of a heat pump like this: it’s an air conditioning system that can be run in reverse. An AC draws heat out of a home and exhausts it to the outside. A heat pump, when in heating mode, draws heat from outside and exhausts it indoors. And, yes, it can work as an air conditioner as well. If you’re also thinking of making a change in the near future to your cooling system, a heat pump can take care of both your heating and cooling needs.
Ductless Mini Split
This is a type of heat pump, except it doesn’t use a central ventilation system with ductwork. If you are moving into an older house without the space for ducts, or if you are either building a new home or making extensive renovations to your current one, ductless is a great option.
You can rely on us for all your heating services in Salt Lake City, UT, and we’re glad to help you make the choice for the best new heater to handle this winter and many to come.