Gas or Oil Heat: Which Is Better for Your Home?

As we get closer to the winter months and temperatures that will dip down to nose-biting, uncomfortable levels, homeowners are looking for the most affordable and energy efficient way to heat keep their homes warm. In the summer you might have been looking for solutions to make your AC unit colder, but now it is all about getting the most out of your heating system. When it comes to gas or oil, you have to weigh the many pros and cons. When it comes down to it, both natural gas and oil have their own completely separate advantages and disadvantages, but the best way to decide between the two is to explore what some of their individual benefits are. So, which one is better: gas or oil?

When it comes down to it, an oil furnace can provide more heat per cubic inch, but it can be easy to run out of oil, which can make replenishing your stock quite a hassle. Also, your oil furnace needs its own unit and oil must be delivered by a special company. The downside of this is if the company is really busy and you don’t have any fuel for heat, you could literally be left in the cold.

On the other side of the coin, natural gas furnaces can be more energy efficient, but also more expensive in the long run. However, if you have a natural gas line that drives right below your home, you can always be tapped into a fresh stream. Having this independence can be a boon for many homeowners, because you don’t have to constantly call to make an appointment with your fuel supplier. However, if you don’t live in an area where there is a natural gas line, it can be quite expensive to build an extension.

Also, oil furnaces require a lot of maintenance, which can make them a bit of a hassle for homeowners. Typically you are required to have the company that provides the oil repair and maintain your unit, which involves lengthy and complicated contract agreements and other strings attached. Oil units need more maintenance because oil is inherently dirty and can cause a build up of grime and soot over time. This grime and soot can not only cause your unit to run inefficiently, but it could become bad for your health.

Lastly, natural gas units require very little maintenance. Natural gas burns cleanly, because it is essentially invisible and low impact. It doesn’t heat as powerfully as oil, but it doesn’t leave a tremendous amount of residue. While the unit itself can cost more than units that run on oil or fuel, you get a longer lifespan out of your natural gas unit. Not only that, but natural gas units are virtually silent and won’t make any noises that could possibly keep you up at night. Moreover, they are safer. At the end of the day, though, oil and natural gas can each have their own unique benefits – it’s just about finding what works for you.

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