CONSUMERS STRONGLY PREFER NATURAL GAS HEAT BECAUSE IT IS COMFORTABLE, CONVENIENT, RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT.
Today's heating systems offer incredible choices to contractors, builders and homeowners, from top-of-the-line furnaces that achieve efficiency levels of more than 90 percent, to moderately priced units that meet or slightly exceed the minimum efficiency standards, so that customers don't have to pay for more efficiency than they need.
NATURAL GAS HEAT FEELS WARMER THAN HEAT PRODUCED BY AN ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP.
To determine which model is most appropriate, builders and consumers should compare both the initial cost to buy and install the system and its average annual operating costs. A natural gas heating system may cost more to purchase than an electric system, but it often costs less to operate. In 2001, for example, it cost less to operate even a low-efficiency natural gas furnace than to operate an electric heat pump, and nearly three times as much to heat a home with an electric-resistance furnace as it did to use a high-efficiency natural gas furnace.