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Electric Vs. Natural Gas Boilers

Updated April 17, 2017

When it comes to heating your home, carefully research your options. Electric boilers and natural gas boilers each have their share of pros and cons.

Cost

Electric boilers typically have a higher purchase cost. However, natural gas boilers require more maintenance than electric boilers. If you have a natural gas boiler, you must take care of your chimney on a regular basis. Units with underground tanks also require additional maintenance. This may raise the overall price of natural gas boilers.

Efficiency

Homes with natural gas boilers lose a percentage of heat either during the combustion process or through chimney ventilation. On the other hand, electric boilers lose little to no heat during the process.

Impact

The burning of coal to create energy for electric boilers results in gases that are hazardous to the environment. Coal burning power plants release greenhouse gases. Instead of coal, natural gas boilers burn natural gas, which yields cleaner exhaust.

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Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as Synonym.com and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.