When it’s time to install a new heating system, many Ridgeland, MS, homeowners wonder “Does gas or oil fuel cost more?” According to a report released by the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) in December 2011, the average homeowner pays $732 a year to heat his or her home with gas and $2,535 to heat it with oil. This is just one of many factors you must consider when deciding between types of furnaces.
Furnace Fuel Safety Concerns
When it comes to home safety, heating oil has a clear advantage over natural gas. That is because gas can be quite dangerous if it leaks. It explodes when ignited by an open flame whereas heating oil does not. Heating oil is non-toxic and biodegradable, which means you don’t have to be concerned about safety hazards if you should happen to spill it. You can eliminate much of the risk of gas furnaces by regularly changing the filter and keeping up with preventive maintenance appointments. Oil-based furnaces may require additional cleaning to ensure that the nozzles within it don’t become clogged.
Sources of Fuel Supply
If you decide to install an oil-based furnace in your Ridgeland, MS home, you need to have an oil tank on your property to store the fuel oil. You also need to keep track of how much oil you are using so you know when it’s time to request a fill from a local supplier. With gas and oil prices constantly fluctuating, you can stock up on heating oil when prices are lower. If you choose a gas-based furnace, your local utility company is responsible for delivery and storage.
As you are considering types of furnaces, pay attention to the emissions that each one makes. The type of oil that is used to power furnaces is similar to what you would find in a kerosene lamp. It does not produce toxic fumes when it is burned. Natural gas releases carbon monoxide when it is burned, which can be dangerous if it is not vented properly. It must have a flue system attached to vent the gas fumes outside of your home. You can reduce the emissions from your furnace by switching from natural gas to propane.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
Regardless if the furnace you are considering uses oil, gas or propane, be certain to pay attention to its AFUE rating. This is expressed as a whole percentage and it lets you know how much fuel the furnaces uses for heating purposes and how much it vents outdoors. Dent Air Conditioning installs new furnaces that have AFUE ratings as high as 98 percent. Call us if you have questions of types of heating systems or furnace conversion.