Electrician , Installation,Bethesda, MD
Written by Walt Meyer

Warm Your Winter with an Electric Forced Air Furnace

It’s now the dead of winter. If your old heater isn’t doing its job anymore, it may be time to install a new forced-air furnace. Although the best-selling models run on electricity, they can still decrease the costs of heating your home and be environmentally friendly. There are gas models, but the electric models are more popular because of their advantages.


High-resistance wires function as heating elements that allow electric forced air systems to produce heat. As electricity flows through these elements, heat is generated as a fan blows, directing the warmed air into ducts that distribute it throughout a home. 


Featuring a unique design, a forced-air heating unit can be easily installed within an existing current central-air system. Their design also intelligently permits adding central air conditioning at a later date. Many homeowners discover that the installation of a new system is much less costly because major duct alteration is not required.

As far as energy efficiency, forced-air systems are superior to other heating systems. Thermostat controlled, they swiftly activate or deactivate as needed. New smart thermostats learn from past settings to predict the preferences of users. It eventually programs itself to heat homes at the proper temperatures and time, conserving energy and saving utility costs.

There are models equipped with a filtration component that traps a good deal of dust and allergen particles. Cleaner air reduces the chance of allergic reactions or other health issues. They are preferred more than other systems because of their quiet running.

Installation Costs

Purchasing a forced-air electric furnace averages $1,300. However, the majority of homeowners will be unable to install a unit without help. This is where an experienced licensed electrician can lend a hand.

The average installation cost will run between $3,500 to $4,000 for a home with vents and ducts that are in good condition. If new vents or significant structural alterations are needed, expenses will be significantly higher.

In any case, a new heating system should be considered a long-term investment because the resale value of the home will be increased.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.