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Gas vs. Oil Heating

By Thomas Mitchell

As New Hampshire is a state that can see brutal winters, most Granite State homebuyers will consider the costs of heating their prospective home. While there are a variety of ways you can heat your home like using electric power, or propane, gas and oil are two very common methods of heating. There are pros and cons to both however, and we are going to look a look at which one is better right now.

Something to look at when comparing furnaces is the efficiency rating, known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. The rating is a measure of the machine's combustion, and so the higher the rating, the higher efficiency the machine has. The majority of new oil furnaces have an AFUE rating around eighty or ninety percent. Gas furnaces typically have a rating of around eighty-nine to ninety percent. Although the gas furnaces are more efficient than their oil counterparts, they also cost ten to twenty five percent higher to install. Furnaces are also getting more and more efficient every year which means if yours is ten years or older than it may be time to consider replacing it with a newer model. Gas furnaces may cost more to install but they are also much more efficient on fuel costs compared to an oil furnace.

With an oil furnace, you get more heat per BTU than the other methods of heating, but oil must be delivered to an onsite storage tank. Another plus to having an oil furnace is that even though the soot and dirt buildup requires more time to clean, oil furnaces are regularly and easily serviced by a service company if you have a service contract. The main points to note about oil furnaces however is that they cost less to install than a gas furnace, but fuel prices are higher and they are not as efficient.

With gas furnaces, the best kind is a natural gas furnace. They have the highest fuel efficiency rating and their fuel costs less than others. A gas furnace will require very little maintenance and also requires no service contract, but the BTU to heat ratio is lower. While a gas furnace does cost more to install than an oil furnace, they tend to save you money in the long run because they run cleaner and quieter, and are more efficient than oil furnaces. The fuel costs are also less than oil.

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