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Gas vs. Electricity - Which is Best For Your Family?

20 August 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you are a property owner or plan on purchasing a home soon, one important decision you will have to make is to decide whether you will use gas or electricity to provide your home with the heat that it needs. There are pros and cons to each choice, so here is what you need to consider when choosing between the two routes.


Gas is almost alwayscheaper than electricity, which could come especially handy during the cold winter months. Also, the rate at which gas heats up your home runs quicker than electricity. This is because as soon as the burners start to run, the gas furnace produces maximum heat. One popular gas of choice is propane.Some of the benefits of propane water heatersinclude its relative affordability, cleanliness, safety and low carbon footprint. A propane water heater also heats up nearly twice as quickly as an electric one.

With gas, however, there are some drawbacks to take into consideration. Gas furnaces tend to be more expensive up front because there are certain venting requirements that are needed for proper installation. A gas furnace also has half the shelf life of an electric furnace, with the lifespan being approximately 10 to 20 years.


With electric heaters, the most intriguing selling pointis the easy maintenance. You should still plan to have your electric heater checked on an annual basis, but there is far less fear that something may malfunction as opposed to the intricacies of working with gas. In addition, there is a lower up-front investment that is required and little disruption during the installation process. You also have the added benefit of not requiring to vent to the exterior, meaning that they can be installed just about anywhere.

In terms of the drawbacks, it isprimarily geared toward the cost, as electric furnaces usually have a higher lifetime cost. Even if both furnaces operate under the same circumstances, electric furnaces typically have higher costs. In addition, electricity has a higher waiting time in order for the heat to kick in as opposed to gas.

As you can see, gas and electricity have their own unique benefits. However, every homeowner may have their own unique needs. So when you are choosing which path to take, allow yourself time to recognize the benefits and drawbacks of each option so that you can adequately make a proper determination for your home.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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