Installing A Furnace? What To Know When Deciding Between Gas And Oil Fuel Sources

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If you are getting ready to put a furnace in your home, you may be wondering what fuel source you should use to power it. Since electric heat can become quite expensive, you may be weighing your options between gas or oil. Here is what you need to know about these two fuel sources to make an informed decision.

Pros and Cons of Heating Oil Furnaces

A furnace powered by heating oil will use a fuel that has a resemblance to the diesel fuel that you put in a truck. It is put into the furnace's storage tank and then burned by the furnace as necessary. Many homeowners like using a heating oil-powered furnace because it can produce a higher amount of BTUs than other comparable furnaces with other fuel sources. This means that your house will feel warmer as a result, which can be great in very cold climates. You can also expect to save money on fuel compared to the other options out there with alternative fuel sources.

However, the big problem is having the oil physically delivered to where you live. This may need to happen once a month or more often, which depends on how often you need to use your furnace. A truck comes to your home and actually pumps the fuel into the furnace's storage tank, similar to if it were a fuel tank in your vehicle. Expect to pay a large bill for heating oil when it's delivered, even if you do not use it all by the end of the cold season. You'll also be subjected to the fluctuating costs of the heating oil.

Pros and Cons of Natural Gas Furnaces

Having a natural gas furnace requires you to have natural gas service run to your home, which may be a challenge depending on where you live. If you are in a rural area, the installation cost of having a natural gas line installed can be cost prohibitive.

If you are able to get a gas line installed, you will have a worry-free energy source for your furnace. The gas is delivered directly to your home, there is less fluctuation in price, and you receive a monthly bill that you have time to pay. Many homeowners prefer natural gas due to not wanting to have the hassle of monitoring an oil tank and ordering more fuel.

Speak to a local HVAC services company if you need help installing a natural gas or oil-powered furnace.

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