Lansing Heating And Cooling

Is a Gas Furnace or an Oil Furnace Better for Your Home?

Furnace Installation Lansing, MI

Is your old gas or oil furnace starting to show signs it’s time for furnace replacement? If so, you may want to consider the pros and cons of furnace installation for your home. We understand that you want to make an informed decision on a residential heating system that will last for the next 16 to 20 years. For more information on gas and oil furnaces, we recommend you reach out to an Lansing heating system contractor.

When making the decision to install either a gas or oil furnace, consider the following questions.

Is natural gas plentiful where you live?

Depending on where you live, you may be better off installing a gas furnace. Since natural gas is a plentiful resource in the United States and Canada, most American homes are heated by gas furnaces.

Due to the fact that natural gas is plentiful, the price of gas is likely to remain stable and affordable. Oil prices, on the other hand, can vary over time.

Is there a natural gas line available?

Depending on where you live, there may already be a natural gas line available for you to tap into. Be sure to consult with a reputable heating and cooling contractor to determine how much it will cost to run a lateral line to your house. If the cost is relatively low, it may be in your best interest to install a gas furnace. However, the choice is ultimately up to you.

Do you mind having a fuel tank in the basement?

If you decide to install an oil furnace, a storage tank will need to be placed in the basement as well. You will also need to have oil delivered to your house so that you can run your oil furnace.

Do you mind noise coming from your furnace?

Oil furnaces tend to make noises when they run. This is why many homeowners prefer the quiet operation of gas furnaces. However, depending on your tolerance for noise, you may not mind very much. Each homeowner is different.

How much value do you place on energy efficiency?

While oil furnaces offer more heat per BTU, gas furnaces are more energy efficient. Both of these terms mean different things.

BTU (British thermal unit) measures heat energy. Since oil furnaces have higher BTU ratings than their gas-powered counterparts, they are able to put out more heat.

The energy efficiencies of furnaces are measured by AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). Gas furnaces usually have higher AFUE ratings than oil furnaces. This simply means that you are able to heat your home using less energy than what would have been used by an oil furnace. Less energy being used results in lower energy bills over the long run.

If you are interested in either our gas furnace installation service or our oil furnace installation service, please feel free to give our Lansing heating system contractors a call at (517) 485-9437. The HVAC contractors at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling are dedicated toward helping homeowners just like you pick the most effective heating systems for their residences.