Electric Vs. Natural Gas Boilers

Written by mitch reid | 13/05/2017
Electric Vs. Natural Gas Boilers
Chimney maintenance is required for natural gas boilers. (chimney image by kenmo from Fotolia.com)

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.


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.


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.


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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