Although electric heating offers considerable advantages, it also has certain disadvantages which gain significance depending on the climate in which you live.
Some reliability related advantages include electric heating's solid safety record, and its lack of any dangerous point-of-use emissions or noise pollution, according to Leonardo-energy.
Electric heating offers total control that allows for heating at the exact time and location desired, as well as the capacity for a constant temperature for a heated room, with a maximum 5 percent temperature variation.
Electric furnaces are compact, allowing them to fit into most spaces. Because electric furnaces have no ductwork, piping or fuel-storage components, they have lower installation costs than other furnace systems, notes Qualitysmith.
Electric furnaces are costly to operate. Such furnaces consume considerable electricity and can raise the household electric bill extensively.
An electric furnace cannot operate during power outages. Therefore, when you need heating most, such as during bad weather, the furnace will not function.
A writer/editor since 1984, Christine Lebednik has spent much of her career in business and technical writing, and editing. Her consumer print and online articles include product descriptions for TDMonthly Online, book reviews for Catholic News Service, consumer reports for Consumer Search and works for various other publications. Lebednik received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Salem State College.