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Gas Furnaces vs. Oil Furnaces

As we begin to experience some chilly temperatures here in the Cincinnati area, it's time to start thinking about your home's heating system. If it's time for a new furnace, you must make a decision between gas furnaces and oil furnaces and this decision shouldn't be taken lightly. After all, you're going to be relying on your heating system to keep you comfortable all winter long and you shouldn't forget about the costs that come along with heating your home. So, which option is better? We're weighing out the pros and cons below, take a look! Gas Furnaces vs. Oil Furnaces | Northern Kentucky Heating | Rusk Heating & Cooling Gas vs. Oil Let's start off with efficiency and price. While some people swear by oil heat, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of new systems typically range from around 80%-90%. On the other hand, new gas furnaces have AFUE ratings anywhere from 89%-98%. So if efficiency alone is what you're basing your decision off of, you'll want to take a look at gas systems. But as you can probably imagine, gas furnaces typically cost a bit more upfront than their oil counterparts - anywhere from about 10%-25% for the same sized system. Will the higher up-front price be worth it in energy savings? Definitely something to consider. Pros and Cons While gas furnaces are more efficient, generally speaking, your home must be located in an area that has access to natural gas in order for one to be installed. Gas furnaces also require a bit less when it comes to maintenance and tend to operate more quietly than oil systems. Oil equipment tends to provide more heat per BTU than other heating systems, but you must have an on-site storage tank installed and yes, the oil will run out after some time. Additionally, maintenance is required as extensive dirt and soot buildup can happen with use. Want more information about the differences between gas and oil furnaces? Contact the HVAC experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today!