Is a Gas or Oil Furnace Better for Your Home?
When it comes to selecting a heating system for your home, electric is not the only alternative to a gas furnace. You may also heat your home with an oil furnace. Look at how gas and oil furnaces compare to find the one that’s right for your home.
Oil furnaces are little-known in this part of the country, but they do provide some notable benefits, such as:
- Higher heat production compared to fuel sources
- Less expensive units
However, there are some drawbacks that must be considered before installing an oil furnace. For instance:
- You have to have an on-site storage tank to hold oil to fuel your furnace.
- The furnace and chimneys must be cleaned out periodically to maintain performance and remove soot, which when built-up becomes a fire hazard.
- Service people with experience working on oil furnaces are hard to find.
- Oil is more expensive than natural gas.
Oil furnaces may offer less up-front costs but higher maintenance costs. However, the energy efficiency and superior heating capability may be worth it to you and your family.
Gas furnaces are one of the most popular home heating systems in New Mexico, so the benefits are well-known:
- Energy efficient
- Low fuel costs
- Low maintenance
- Cleaner burn with no soot buildup
Quite honestly, because natural gas is so readily available in New Mexico, and our technicians are so experienced with all brands of gas furnaces, it is difficult to find drawbacks to these systems. For these reasons, we typically do not recommend oil furnaces in this area.
But, if you would like to learn more, please contact the home heating experts at R & R Heating & Air. We are happy to consult with you and help you find the best heating system for your needs and budget.