Do you think that I should purchase a wood stove instead of a furnace? I am building a house, and I have been trying to figure out what kind of gas furnace I want.
When building first started, I was planning to put a furnace in the house.
I have always had a furnace, and gas furnaces make your life so much easier. Sure, gas furnaces are costly, and gas furnaces will suck up your money, using either gas or electricity, but gas furnaces are pretty dependable. Down the road, it might cost me more money when I have to pay an HVAC specialist to repair my furnace, although I am already used to that. I think that I would be perfectly happy with owning another furnace in my house. However, some of my friends think that I should skip the furnace and purchase a wood stove. I could use a wood stove and save a ton of money. Most people install a wood stove in the basement and heat their entire home this way. You can connect a fan to the wood stove and even have this wood stove pipe heat through proper vents just like a furnace. I have the woods to be able to use a wood stove, and I would definitely save money. However, thinking about using a wood stove is exhausting. I would have to prepare to heat my home every winter by chopping, stacking, storing, and preparing enough wood to heat the house. If I don’t have enough wood for my gas furnace, buying wood is expensive. Furthermore, using a wood stove involves a lot more work than a furnace because you can’t forget about it. Sure, I might save some money, but it will cost me in other ways.