What You Should Know About Gas & Electric Air Conditioning
When it comes to your home’s AC, there are two main types you can have, which are gas air conditioning and electric air conditioning. It’s important to note that a gas air conditioning system doesn’t run completely on natural gas, but it does have that aspect, whereas electric air conditioning does not.
Each type of AC has its share of pros and cons, and homeowners in the San Diego, CA area have seen success with each type. Here is some more information to help differentiate the two.
About Your Ducts
The duct system in your home is what transports the cooled air throughout the living space in the summer and the heated air in winter.
If you go into your basement, you may be able to see this branching network of shiny metal rectangular tubes leading to different areas.
Each vent in your home is the ending point for a section of ductwork, and that is where you will feel the air-conditioned air come out. The ductwork will be similar whether you have gas air conditioning or electric air conditioning.
Which Is More Efficient?
Efficiency is an important word for homeowners when it comes to the electric air conditioning vs. gas air conditioning debate. The efficiency of your AC system can be measured by its SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
The higher the number, the better, and while newer electric units can have a SEER of up to 15, a super-efficient natural gas central AC system can have a SEER as high as 27.
That being said, electric systems are often more efficient when it comes to cooling smaller rooms or specific zones in the house.
Costs to Consider
The cost to install your AC system and the cost to run it should both be considered when deciding between electric and gas air conditioning.
A gas furnace is usually more to install than an electric one, but the cost of electricity is generally higher, so running your AC on electricity may cost more.
It’s also important to keep in mind that having a gas AC also means you’ll be using a gas furnace in the winter, so you’ll need to decide if that’s a necessity living in San Diego.
AC Energy Usage
If you have gas air conditioning, you’ll see charges on both your gas and electricity bills, but if you have electric air conditioning, there will obviously be no natural gas charge. With a gas AC system, the furnace is powered by gas, but the condenser uses electricity.
Your monthly bills will be determined in part by how cool you like it in the house, how hot the summer happens to be, and other factors like the condition of your ducts, air filters, and other components of the air conditioning system.
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