Deciding between an electric furnace and a gas furnace

My wife and I just moved and are building a new home from the ground up.

We felt like the housing market was so crazy that it just made more sense to build a house from scratch.

The cost of renovations alone would have blown our overall budget. We are currently at the phase where we have to decide on the air conditioner and heater system we want to install, which is exciting! We are debating between installing an electric furnace or a gas furnace. My wife is all about a gas furnace because they are generally cheaper to install. However, I want her to understand that ongoing costs are much more expensive with a gas furnace in comparison to an electric one. Gas furnaces may appear to be a good option off the bat, but they are so much more complicated and require frequent professional maintenance. I also think that electric furnaces are much safer than gas ones. Electric furnaces don’t warm up the home as quickly as gas furnaces, however they last a much longer time and are less complicated to install. I think it all boils down to efficiency though, which gas furnaces are known to be incredibly efficient. I think we may need to go the route of a gas furnace and find a great technician that can help us maintain it overtime. I’m not jazzed about the decision, but I definitely want our equipment to be efficient since we moved to a much colder climate. I’m a little nervous about our first winter season since I’ve only seen snow a handful of times. It will definitely be a wake up call!

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