If you’re in the market for a new heating system and have the choice between natural gas and oil, consider the benefits homeowners see in gas over oil:
For the last ten years, oil has been more expensive than gas and while the price of natural gas is slated to go up, so is the price of oil. In addition, an oil heating system uses a significant amount of energy to operate while a gas heating system uses less. With these two factors, you could save a significant amount of money if you switch from oil to gas.
If you’re in the market for a new heating system and you’re trying to decide between oil and gas, consider the average Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Oil systems tend to have AFUE ratings between 80% and 90% while gas systems tend to have AFUE ratings between 89% and 98%.
When you compare how oil and natural gas burn, natural gas has the upper hand. When gas burns, it produces fewer emissions and therefore, should result in a longer lifespan for your heating system. In addition, you’ll likely use less of it because it burns cleaner.
Ease of Use
If you decide on an oil furnace, you’ll need an on-site storage unit and will have to have oil delivered on an annual basis. Also, maintenance for an oil-powered system is usually more extensive due to dirt and soot buildup. Gas furnaces, however, run via a gas line (as long as natural gas is available in your area) and require less maintenance.
On a note unrelated to furnaces, many homeowners prefer a stovetop that runs on gas instead of electricity. Gas makes it easier to control the heat transferred to your cookware and provides instant heat for you to use. Plus, if you lose power, you’ll still be able to use your gas stove whereas your electric stove will be unavailable.
Whether you decide on oil or natural gas, let our heating experts help you choose the right heating system for your home.