Whether you are building a home and you need a heat source or you have a heat source already and you want to change it, a dilemma you may face is this deciding between an electric and a gas heater. Propane is a common heat source for homes and is a great gas option for your home should you choose this option, but an electric heater may be best for your needs overall.
The answer lies in what ultimately works best for your living situation, where you are located, and your overall budget. Both styles of heaters can efficiently heat your home so long as the right size of heater is put in place — or the right number of baseboards, if this is the option you want — so use this guide to help you make your final decision.
Where you live
Do you live in the country or out in the woods where getting access to emergency electricity can be an issue should your power go out? If so, then it's best sometimes to invest in a propane gas heat source and make sure the propane tank is kept full with regular fuel deliveries. This way, you have a heat source even in a major storm or other emergency situation. If you have a residence that is closer to town or if running into an electrical issue is less of a concern, then you can invest in an electric heat source and perhaps a generator for backup. Your heating installation company will help you determine which one is best for your needs.
How much heat you use
Your heater will cost you money regardless of which option you choose, but gas can be a great option if you don't plan on using your heater for much of the year. The reason for this is simple: gas prices fluctuate according to supply and demand and are often cheaper during the warmer months as a result, so if you invest in a full propane tank when the season is slow, then you can save money on heating expenses later. An electric heater costs the same to operate at any time of year, so it may be your less cost-effective option. You can discuss which option will be cheaper for you to operate with your heating installation service company. Always allow a professional to install your heater for you; heating installation should only be done by a heating installation service company.
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