Updated: Oct 4, 2020
An electric furnace costs an average of $3,848. Most often the cost should be expected to run between $1,380 and $6,342.
Electric Furnace Cost Electric furnaces are not common, but they work similarly to popular gas models. An electric furnace moves air around a series of heated coils. Then, it distributes the heated air throughout your home via a system of ducts and vents. Units are sized according to how many kilowatts they consume. When considering which size of unit to purchase, choose an electric furnace that covers a range of 20 to 60 BTU's per square foot of floor space.
The average cost of residential electricity is 13 cents per kilowatt hour in 2019. Considering the average home uses about 20,000 watts per hour of heating (with 2 total hours) for 40 kwh per day for heating, the figures come out to $2.60 per hour, $5.20 per day, $158 per month and $1,898 per year. These figures are subject to differ because electricity prices fluctuate and home sizes should be taken into account.
Different Types of Electric Furnaces Mobile home furnaces cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000. They include a blower and a down flow installation since most mobile home duct work runs under the floor. Mobile homes are one of the most common applications of electric furnaces because they don’t need gas lines and create no carbon monoxide, eliminating the need for venting.
All electric furnaces are high-efficiency since electric heat uses almost 100% of the fuel source. The only time you lose energy in an electric setup is through outdoor installations or poorly sealed or insulated ducts in homes.
For those looking for environmentally sound or cheaper options, a few things to consider: the most energy efficient type of electric heating comes from a heat pump. These units typically use about 50% of the energy that a furnace does. Installing a new heat pump costs ranges between $4,000 and $7,000. An electric furnace lasts for 20 to 30 years. With some repairs and regular HVAC maintenance, you may be able to make it last 50 years or more.
Before installing a new furnace, be sure to hire a licensed HVAC technician. In the State of Ohio, the HVAC tech must be licensed by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board.