If you are building a house in an area that does not have natural gas, your contractor will talk to you about your options when it comes to heating your home and powering your appliances. The two main options you have are between electric and propane, and you may want to compare these options before making your decision.
What Does This Affect?
When building a home, there are several things that require gas to operate, and these include the furnace, stove, dryer, and water heater. All of these devices can use gas to operate, but there are also electric models of each.
As you think about this decision, you can compare the costs of:
- Propane (gas) furnaces vs. electric furnaces
- Gas appliances vs. electric appliances
- Gas hot water heater vs. electric model
In addition to comparing the costs of each of these, you may also want to find out the operating costs and efficiency differences of both options.
Which Is Cheaper?
The prices of electricity and propane fluctuate, but most research shows that using propane is less expensive than using electricity for heating purposes and for home appliances.
According to Financial Web, purchasing gas appliances is generally more expensive upfront; however, most gas appliances are more efficient to operate compared to electric appliances. Because of this, it may make more sense to choose propane over electric.
What Else Should You Consider?
One of the big benefits of choosing propane over electricity involves power outages. If your furnace and appliances operate on electricity, you will not be able to use any of these if the electricity goes out. On the other hand, there may be ways to use some of these devices when the power goes out if you have propane.
An example of this is a propane fireplace. If the power goes out, you may still be able to use the fireplace to heat your home during this outage. Another example is your stove. With a gas stove, you can use it when the electricity goes out because it doesn't require electricity for it to run.
Finally, you should consider the difference in how you will pay the bills on each type of power. With propane, you will have a tank on your property. When the tank gets low, a propane company will refill it and you will have a large bill to pay. Because you must pay at once, you will not have a monthly gas bill to pay.
With electric appliances and heating, you will not have to fill up a tank, but you will have to pay monthly electric bills.
You can talk to your contractor, such as Self Heating Cooling, about this decision, and he may be able to help you decide which is right for your new home.