I talked to my neighbor Randy yesterday about us having a house under contract in Largo. As it turns out, he used to be a building inspector with the City of Largo – small world, huh? He knew exactly where our (hopefully) future house is, and remembered doing inspections on several houses in the neighborhood.
We discussed the upcoming renovation and he had a lot of good tips. The most interesting thing to me was when the discussion turned to gas vs. electric stoves.
I told Randy that I preferred gas over electric stoves, but that the old stove had been electric. I wasn’t sure if the city had natural gas supply lines in that area, or if we’d have to install a propane tank if we wanted gas.
I had thought we could just let the gas vs. electric decision drift along for a while until after we got moved in and started our renovation. However, Randy said, “If you’re thinking about replacing your HVAC system,” and we probably will have to, “then you should think about having a gas furnace instead of electric.” He said that gas is much more efficient. It heats the air more quickly, and heats it to 120 degrees, compared to about 100 degrees for a heat pump system. Hmmmm.
Since replacing the HVAC system is one of the first things we will look at, I have some homework to do tomorrow…I need to check with the city and see if they have natural gas supply lines in that neighborhood. If not, I will need to get prices on having a propane tank installed on the property, as well as prices for a gas vs. an electric furnace. Well, that should keep me busy for a little while and keep my mind off when the next drop of water will hit me on the forehead 😮