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“Are Electric Furnaces Just Space Heaters?”

When people think of electric furnaces, sometimes they put “electricity” and “heater” together in their head and think we must be talking about space heaters. While space heaters and electric furnaces are similar, they’re not the exact same thing.

We’d like to cover three important characteristics that differentiate these systems so you’re not confused when you give us a call to schedule an installation.

When comparing electric furnaces and space heaters, three key differences are size, efficiency, and safety. Sure, you can assume electric furnaces will be more expensive than space heaters, but once you compare their function and performance, the price difference makes a lot of sense.

Time to take out those notebooks and those smartphones for some extra searches, and let’s start learning about your potential next electric furnace in Fort Wayne, IN!

What to Expect With a Space Heater

A space heater functions exactly as its name implies. It heats a certain space. That’s extremely convenient when you’re sitting at a desk or on the couch and your feet get cold. A space heater will easily heat up your body if it’s placed near you. These systems heat up an electric coil that heats the “space” around it, allowing it to get warmer.

A space heater heats up a single space, not all of the space in your home. Using a space heater to heat your home is like using a small cup to move a gallon of water, it’s just not efficient and doesn’t really work effectively.

Why Choose an Electric Furnace Instead

Electric furnaces are different from space heaters because they heat all of the air in your home. This means that you don’t have to confine yourself to one area or room in your house, and as long as the air ducts are in good shape, your furnace will easily be able to heat your home for almost two decades with proper yearly maintenance.

But, if you’re still on the fence (with how much an electric furnace costs compared to a space heater, it’s totally understandable to want more information), then look below for three additional benefits that come with this kind of system.

  • Safety. Space heaters can become increasingly unsafe when placed near cloth, or in areas that are dry and flammable. They create an abundance of heat but their portability means they can be used in some situations that aren’t safe. Electric furnaces are installed in areas of your home that are inherently safe so that you don’t have to worry about this kind of problem.
  • Efficiency. Space heaters just aren’t as efficient as electric furnaces. Sure, an electric furnace will use more energy and cost more in electricity costs to run, but it heats up your entire home instead of just one small space, meaning it’s actually more efficient.
  • Size. Electric furnaces can heat your kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and even more rooms in your home depending on the size of the system you purchase.

Ready to invest in an electric furnace system? Then don’t hesitate to contact Collier’s Comfort. True Comfort, True Savings!

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