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Gas Furnaces vs. Oil Furnaces

Gas Furnaces vs. Oil Furnaces | Heating Company | Rusk Heating & Cooling

With temperatures dropping into twenties and teens, it's leaving some homeowners out in the cold. Lots of people in our area are talking about a question we receive quite often - when it comes to home heating systems which is better, gas or oil? There's lots to consider when you're deciding whether to choose a gas furnace or an oil furnace, but there are a few factors that play a much larger role than others and we're highlighting them for you below:

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) This is the first thing to look at when comparing systems. This rating measures how efficient a machine's combustion is - the higher the rating, the more efficient the machine. Most new oil furnaces have a rating somewhere between 80% and 90% while gas systems on the other hand come in a bit higher with an average rating between 89% and 98%.

The Up-Front Price Even though gas furnaces tend to be a bit more efficient, they come with a higher price tag. On average, gas furnaces cost anywhere from 10% to 25% more than oil systems.

Additional factors to consider:

  • Oil furnaces give off more heat per BTU, but a storage tank is required and you must receive oil deliveries when the tank runs dry.
  • Depending on the area, heating oil can be less expensive than natural gas.
  • Despite numerous global conditions and a changing environment, there is still an abundance or crude oil.
  • Gas furnaces tend to be more efficient, but you must live in an area where natural gas is readily available.
  • Permanent standby generators can run off your home's natural gas line.
  • Gas heat tends to have lower carbon emissions than oil, but fracking takes a heavy toll on surrounding ecosystems.
Interested in learning more about the pros and cons of each type of furnace? That's what we're here for! Call on the home heating specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling today - we're waiting to hear from you.