If you’re wondering how to tell if your heat is gas vs electric, the answer may surprise you. It’s not in the type of fuel source that heats your home! The difference between gas and electric heating can be found in your utility bill.
If you pay for electricity, then chances are good that your heat is electric. If it’s natural gas, then most likely it’s burning through pipes below ground to provide warmth for your family during the winter months.
I’m here today with a blog post about what kind of heat system do I have? Want to know if my house is heated by gas or electricity?
Well read ahead and find out!
Gas Heater vs Electric Heater
Electricity and gas are both used to heat homes, but they operate in very different ways. Electricity heats the air inside a home by passing it over resistance coils; this generates infrared radiation that warms up surrounding surfaces like walls, floors, and ceilings. Gas is burned (or combusted) outside of your house via one or more burners. The combustion produces heat that is then transferred through the air to your home.
During the winter months, your electric heater will draw electricity from a household outlet and transfer that energy to either a radiant heating panel or fan-forced blower. The heat is transferred through metal wires inside the unit which get very hot as they pass over resistance coils similar to how an electric stove works. As those coils heat up, so does everything around them.
Steps to determine gas furnace or electric furnace
Step one: Find your heating bill. If you are paying for electricity, then chances are good that your heat is electric.
Step two: Look on the bottom of a gas furnace and see if there’s an electrical cord plugged into it. A gas furnace will not have an electrical cord attached to it because they burn natural gas inside the home.
Step three: Turn the thermostat up to its highest setting and then turn it off or down so that your furnace stops working. If you have a gas heater, there will be no sound of clicking noise coming from within the unit as it shuts itself off when the desired temperature is reached (the fan might continue running, but it will not produce heat.)
Step four: If the fan shuts off, you have an electric furnace. Gas furnaces do not shut themselves down when they reach the desired temperature because they continue to burn through natural gas until manually turned off.
If your home is heated by electricity, then chances are good that your heater is electric. These types of heaters operate differently than those that burn gas.
If it’s natural gas, then most likely your house is heated through pipes below ground to provide warmth for you and your family during the winter months.
Always know that you have the option to change your system if you’re not satisfied with how it’s performing.
The difference between gas and electricity is the way they transfer energy to a house through metal wires or pipes underground… The radiant heating panels work by using electricity that passes over resistance coils which then produce infrared radiation that warms up surrounding surfaces like walls, floors, and ceilings.
A gas heater will burn natural gas inside the home in one or more of its units to provide warmth for your family during the winter months. A gas furnace does not shut itself off when it reaches the desired temperature because they continue to burn through natural gas until manually turned off by a user. It also has an electrical cord plugged into it.
How to Safely Approach Your Heating System
A gas furnace is a high-powered machine that can be dangerous if not handled with care. Before you do anything, always ensure the power to your system has been turned off at its breaker box. Then wait until it’s cool to touch before proceeding any further.