Although the choice between oil and gas heating systems is an important one, a surprising number of homeowners hardly give it a second thought. Some people stick to ‘gas only’ policy while others believe there is no other option than oil. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of these furnace types.
Features of Oil Heating Systems
In general, oil-powered heating systems can generate more heat compared to any other sources available today. However, this system demands an on-the-site oil storage tank that needs to be filled with oil. Under general circumstances, cleaning and servicing oil-powered heating systems is an easy task. The service is conducted by the oil delivery company, and the customer needs to get into a service agreement/contract to receive such service. However, the maintenance process of the oil heating systems is relatively extensive; these systems gather dirt and soot significantly. To maintain a smooth operation and assure maximum efficiency, you should clean the chimneys and change the oil filters accordingly.
The overall cost to install an oil heating system may be less compared to the gas heating system installation. On the other hand, the overall efficiency of the oil furnaces is lower compared to the gas alternatives. The overall cost to you will have to spend on oil (fuel) will be higher compared to the gas.
Features of Gas Heating Systems
Compared to the oil-powered heating systems, natural gas heating systems feature better efficiency. In addition to the higher level of effectiveness, gas is an affordable fuel compared to oil. Unlike with oil heating systems, however, it is compulsory that your house is located in an area where a gas supply network is available. When it comes to maintenance, gas furnaces demands significantly less attention compared to oil heating systems. Also, gas furnaces don’t need a service contract to get the occasional maintenance done. One of the most notable drawbacks associated with gas heating is that they generate relatively less heat (per BTU) compared to oil. Heating systems powered with gas are remarkably quiet, and the operation is pretty clean. However, the initial cost to install a gas furnace is higher.