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Furnace Services in Birmingham, AL
Furnaces have been around for quite a long time. In fact, they were one of the first modern heating technologies to gain widespread use in the 20th century. Despite the advent of newer technologies, furnaces remain dominant in the heating market. It’s easy to see why. Furnaces are affordable, effective, and able to work in just about any individual situation.
Western Sales & Services, Inc. offers a full range of installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services for furnaces in Birmingham, AL. If you need furnace services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating experts. We can take care of all of your furnace needs.
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Should You Install a Gas or Electric Furnace?
We often get questions from homeowners about which are better: gas or electric furnaces. The truth is that neither of these is strictly "better" than the other. The advantages and disadvantages of each will play differently depending on your individual situation and needs. You should always consult with a professional before making a decision about which climate control system to install in your home. With that in mind, however, we can still go over some of the pros and cons of each.
Gas furnaces are the most common in the country, and for good reason. Natural gas is a cheap, plentiful, and powerful fuel source. That’s why it is used in so many different appliances besides furnaces. The main issue with a gas furnace is that it requires constant access to a fuel source in order to operate. This means that if you live in an area that doesn’t have easy access to a gas line, you won’t be able to use a gas furnace. You could have a gas line installed, provided that there’s a city gas main somewhere nearby, but that depends on a number of factors.
Electric furnaces, by contrast, are not actually combustion systems. Instead of burning fuel to generate heat, an electric furnace runs a current through a large heating coil in the system. Electricity is a more expensive heat source than natural gas, which is why electric furnaces are less common than gas furnaces. However, electric furnaces can operate pretty much anywhere there is electricity, making them much more versatile than gas furnaces. If you can’t install a gas furnace because there’s no gas line nearby, you can still probably make use of an electric furnace. Electric furnaces also don’t produce combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide.
Get the Most Out of Your Furnace Installation with Regular Maintenance
Once you have your furnace installed, you probably want to get the most return on investment you can out of it. That means you’re going to need to do two things. First, make sure that you schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. This allows your HVAC technician to find and fix problems with the system before they can develop far enough to cause too much damage. You can save thousands of dollars a year in repair costs by doing this. Second, you need to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem with your furnace. The sooner we can get to your system and repair it, the better off it will be.