Unfortunately, electric furnaces are cheaper to install, but we were willing to spend the money upfront in order to reap the benefits later
When we got approval to build our home, my husband and I were super excited to get started on the design process. After renting for several years and then living in older homes that fit within our budget, we knew exactly what we wanted and what we didn’t want. One of the top things we wanted for our new house was a private gas line that allowed us to run our furnace off of gas. Most people we knew were afraid of using gas to heat their home because of the carbon dioxide risk. We however, were thrilled at using gas to heat our home over electricity. Electricity was an efficient way to heat and cool any house and there were definitely less risks, but we wanted to use gas for a very specific reason. In this area, we experience a lot of winter storms that leave us without power. Sometimes, the power has been out for several days and we’re left with no heat! Having a furnace that ran off of gas would allow us to continue heating our home during these power outages unlike an electric heater. A gas furnace would also warm our house faster and stronger than an electric furnace. Unfortunately, electric furnaces are cheaper to install, but we were willing to spend the money upfront in order to reap the benefits later. Thankfully, our contractor understood why we were adamant about installing a gas line for our gas furnace and he was very helpful in making these arrangements for us.