As someone who pays their heating bills do you think a gas furnace or electric furnace is cheaper?

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  • F
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    In the UK mains gas is about 1/4 the price of electricity per kWh, although heating systems generally run on off peak tariffs which are about half the normal price , but still twice that of gas. Against that, gas furnaces are more expensive to buy and install and must be serviced for safety. So for a small apartment, it's probably about the same cost overall, but the gap will widen with bigger properties.

  • 8 months ago

    A gas furnace is more expensive to install, but almost always costs almost half of an electric fan to run.

  • 8 months ago

    Natural gas is cheaper

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    In the US, gas is almost always significantly cheaper (if it's available) than electricity (approx. half the cost of electricity for the same amount of heat delivered). For the furnace itself, electric furnaces are about half the price to install as gas furnaces (plus no gas pipes or exhaust vents), and will tend to last longer. For overall cost, go with gas if you can.

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  • Byrd
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Gas

  • 8 months ago

    gas,,most often gas jets that heat water in a boiler to circulate in baseboards,or fill iron radiators,can be adjusted downward,,thus reducing usage,like washers that mix cold & hot water in the cycles

    electricity has only the thermostat sensor to adjust,

  • 8 months ago

    Electric furnaces are cheaper to buy than gas furnaces. Cost to operate depends on utility prices in your area.

  • 8 months ago

    Gas is much cheaper than electric *unless* you use a cold weather heat pump. Heat pumps extract heat from the outside and blow it into your house. It's essentially an air conditioner working in reverse, and uses the same amount of electricity.

  • 8 months ago

    in North America, gas is cheaper. That may not be true in other parts of the world

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Electric furnaces are usually cheaper but cost more to operate.

    How much they cost to operate depends on where you live, what alternatives are available, source of electric (fossil, hydro,wind,solar,nuclear).....but that's not what you asked.

    • Name Withheld
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Sorry - but there are electric space heaters - and electric furnaces. Having owned both, as well as natural gas and propane gas hot air and natural gas hot water, I know the difference.

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