Gas, Oil, or Electric Furnace: How to Choose

If your furnace is more than 15 years old, your energy bills are climbing quickly, or the cost to repair your existing furnace is $500 or more, it’s probably time to start shopping for a new furnace.

There are a lot of options to consider when you’re replacing a furnace or choosing one for your new home, but one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want a model that runs on gas, oil, or electricity. We outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each system to help you decide.

Natural Gas Furnaces

Natural gas furnaces are the most common option in the US, especially in the Delaware and Maryland area where most homes are connected to gas lines. The best models are 98% efficient, so very little fuel goes to waste. Natural gas is also an eco-friendly choice since it is clean-burning and available in large quantities. You don’t have to worry about filling a tank with fuel since the gas is continually delivered to your home through underground gas lines.

If your home is not already connected to gas lines, however, a natural gas furnace may not be the smartest choice for you since running extra gas lines can be quite costly. Also, there is risk of gas leaks, which albeit small, is not a risk you take with an oil or electric furnace.

Oil Furnaces

Oil furnaces are known for their durability. They often last for 20 years or more, providing they’re properly installed by a knowledgeable technician. Your heating oil is stored in a tank that’s placed in your yard, and many oil companies will allow you to rent a tank if you’re not in the position to buy one. Oil-burning furnaces generate more heat than other types of furnaces, so your home will heat up faster. This is definitely a bonus in the ice-cold Delaware and Maryland winters!

Oil is not as clean-burning as natural gas, but today’s oil furnaces are typically around 83% efficient, which is a big improvement compared to the oil-burning furnaces of yesteryear. Remembering to have the oil tank filled is a minor inconvenience for some homeowners, but you’ll adapt to this schedule quickly.

Electric Furnaces

If your home is not connected to gas lines, another option is to install an electric furnace. Electric heaters are extremely efficient since you don’t lose any fuel through the vent as you do with a gas furnace. You can even opt for a type of system called a heat pump, which heats your home in the winter and cools your home in the summer, so you don’t have to purchase a separate air conditioner.

The downfall of electric heating systems is that they’re expensive to power; they use a lot of electricity. Electric heaters also tend to take longer to heat up a home than natural gas or oil-burning furnaces.

Call Peninsula for Furnace Installation in Delaware & Maryland

If the time has come to install a new furnace, the experts at Peninsula are ready to help. We work with each of the types of furnaces listed above, as well as other heating systems, and we’re happy to help you figure out which system meets your needs and budget.

Contact us today for a free estimate, and our knowledgeable technicians will help you decide what type of system is best for your home. Or you can give us a call at 302-262-8254 to learn more about our services or to schedule your installation appointment!


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