There are gas, electric and oil based furnaces you can choose in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- The question is which one is best for you? Each system has its own pros and cons.
They also serve different purposes. So if you are only looking to heat part time or a smaller space, an electric heater is really best. With electricity you are getting 100% of the heating you are paying for. It is extremely easy to set up an electric furnace and the maintenance isn’t very much. The reason colder areas and larger homes don’t use these systems is the cost. The cost of electricity is significantly higher than gas or oil. Running an electric furnace a whole winter season would be very pricey and not a smart financial decision. If you are looking at consistent use, a gas furnace probably is the better choice. Gas is the cheapest and most available energy source out of the three. Most homes use it so most Minneapolis, Minnesota HVAC dealers can provide service for it. However, a lot of people are afraid of two things. The installation and the heating service scares homeowners. The installation requires a flu system and gas hookups. It is quite lengthy and involved. The heating service needs to happen at least once a year or the system can overheat, catch on fire or release carbon monoxide. It can be quite the safety hazard. An oil furnace is much safer. It also works better since it burns a hotter flame. The on site oil tank does turn people off though. It is big, ugly and frequently in the way. Additionally a lot of Minneapolis, MN homeowners don’t want to be dependent on oil deliveries in the dead of winter.