@Feryll - I couldn't agree with you more that electric heating systems are more convenient, less work and in most cases safer than gas furnaces. Most of the apartments I have lived in had electric heating.
Still, you might want to think twice before you put in a new electric heating system in your house. The cost to operate one of these systems is going to be more than you pay with the gas furnace. I know gas prices can get pretty high, but when they rise, so will the cost of electric heating, so you are always going to be paying more money to run the gas furnace.