Everything an Electric Furnace Owner Needs to Know

If you’re contemplating updating your heating system or installing one for the first time, you should never rule out the significance of installing an electric furnace. Electrically powered furnaces are efficient, long-lasting, affordable upfront, and demand limited heating repair in Gainesville. This is why more and more homeowners in the present times are opting for an electric heater as their primary heat source.

What exactly are electric heaters, and how do they operate?

Electric furnaces are heating appliances that have a metal container enclosing an electric heat exchanger and a blower fan. Electric heaters are thermostatically controlled HVAC devices like the oil and gas-burning heating system. It turns on immediately when a thermostat detects that your home temperature reduces below the set point. When the heat exchanger gets turned on, the mechanical blower fan automatically turns on, blowing air over the heat source and then dispersing the newly heated air through a system of ducts to where it is needed in the building. In addition, when the heating system attains the desired temperature, the heating element and blower fan get turned off until they are required again.

Components of an electric furnace

Mentioned hereunder are some important components of an electric furnace:

  1. Elements of heat
    Tight bands or wires manufactured of an electrically impervious metal (usually a mixture of nickel and chromium). When electricity gets transferred through these, the electrical resistance generates heat.

  2. Relays for heat
    These control the amount of electricity delivered into the heating components.

  3. Blower v/s blower fan
    An internal powered fan pushes cold air over the heating element and forces that air into the pipes, heating the building following the thermostat settings.

  4. Air filters
    Airborne dust, fur, and debris are usually present in household air. Filters prevent this undesired debris from entering the heater and being pushed through the vents by the blower fan into other areas of the structure by the blower fan. 

Therefore, you should clean or change air filters every few months to keep your furnace functioning smoothly (refer to your instruction booklet for the manufacturer’s exact recommendations).

Considerations and costs for electric furnaces

 

  • Electric furnaces range in price from $685 to $1,100. Setup fees range from $1,000 to $2,000, based on the scale and complexity of the unit.

  • Depending on the latest average cost of electricity in the United States of $0.13 per kWh of electricity, a typical electric heater costs $32 per million BTUs to function. However, a standard gas furnace costs only $10 to $12 per million BTUs.

  • Electric furnaces are smaller than other kinds of furnaces and can be equipped with a refrigeration system to offer air conditioning during the warmer months.

  • Electric furnaces are safer and more ecologically friendly than gas and oil-burning heaters because they produce no pollutants and never require combustion.

Affordable Heat & Air is one of the premium HVAC companies and can help you with your Gainesville furnace repair. To schedule a repair or installation with our team, feel free to call us at (940) 580-2905