When it comes to the real estate, you can never build to accommodate everyone’s tastes. But it never hurts to try. One issue that seems to be hard to get a true grasp on is people’s feelings towards electric and gas appliances and utilities. Stoves, furnaces, water heaters… that kind of thing. We get calls from people looking for all-electric units from time to time and it is always a question just how common this is.
On the pro-gas side, gas furnaces tend to be cheaper to run. While increases in natural gas costs and improved efficiencies for electric air handlers have narrowed the gap, gas furnaces are still cheaper to run. Gas ranges are also unparalleled for cooking. Unless we are taking about super expensive cook-tops, you never gas a more even and consistent burn than with gas.
On the electric side, depending on your school of thought, an electric air handler is more efficient than most gas furnaces. They tend to be a little more expensive to operate though. The big perk about going all electric in a house is that you don’t have to deal with the gas company. No gas bills, no gas inspection, no possibility of gas leaks… it can be nice.
So what do you think? Are you pro-gas, pro-electric, or do you simply not care? Feel free to elaborate.