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Serving The Greater Fresno Area Since 1970

Serving The Greater Fresno Area Since 1970


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The Age Old Debate: Gas or Electric Furnace?

Ah, yes, that is the question. Homeowners investing in a new heating system obviously want to ensure that they not only get a great heating system and that that system is expertly installed and serviced. They also want to know for sure that they’ve chosen the right heater for their personal user preferences to start with.

That is why we recommend that you seek the counsel of trained professionals when choosing your furnace in Fresno, CA. Our team will guide you in the right direction. Here are a few points of consideration to keep in mind.

Choosing Your New Furnace

First of all, choosing to use any kind of furnace in order to heat your home is a smart move. Furnaces are famously effective, with their forced air method of heating, and they also tend to be quite affordable to purchase. You’ll want to look closely at things like efficiency ratings, and your system will have to be appropriately sized for your home, but the furnace itself is a fine overall choice.


Natural gas is definitely something of a fan favorite when it comes to fueling a furnace. Natural gas is relatively cheap and clean-burning, for a fossil fuel. It is also piped directly to the house and to the appliances that use it, which means that there is no need for the on-site storage of fuel. However, not every home will have access to natural gas, and not every homeowner is going to want to pipe natural gas into his or her home. In such instances, electricity is a good alternative.


Make no mistake about it. Electric furnaces are incredibly efficient. That being said, though, they can still cost more to run than a gas furnace. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed. While there is no risk of energy loss to flue gases, as there is with a combustion-based furnace, the fact is that electricity is simply more expensive to purchase than natural gas. If you don’t want to use gas, though, or if you don’t have the hookups in place, an electric furnace will definitely work effectively.

Whatever type of furnace you choose, remember that Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning is here to do the job right. We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!

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