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Gas vs. Oil Heating - Which is Better For Your Home?

By Tiffany Raiford

Whether you are buying, building or remodeling your Pennsylvania home, you'll inevitably start to ponder the pros and cons of gas vs. oil heating options. Both are recommended by some and disliked by others. There is no right or wrong answer, and what someone else considers a pro might seem like a con to you and vice versa. However, it's much easier to make a decision when you have the facts and are able to consider the pros vs. the cons at length to ensure you're making an educated decision.

Pros of Oil and Gas Heating

Oil is very safe to heat and the chances of it carbon dioxide entering the home from oil are very slim. Oil heat appliances are considered more energy-efficient. When maintained properly, they have a lifespan of almost 30 years, which is considered much longer than that of gas heated appliances. Additionally, in the past two decades, improvements to oil heating have made it possible to reduce sulfur content by as much as 93 percent, causing it to be 95 percent cleaner today than it was back then.

Gas heating units are considered the most efficient in several manners. For one, newer units are far more energy efficient than they were even a decade ago. The second way in which gas units are more efficient is in terms of cost. While the initial cost is more expensive, the overall cost of using gas to heat your home is much less than oil. The average household will spend $690 heating their home during the course of winter with gas, versus $2500 using oil.

Cons of Oil and Gas Heating

When it comes to using oil to heat your home, there are some cons. The price of oil is considerably more expensive, though the cost of an oil unit is less expensive. Because of the price of oil, only about 8 percent of homes in the area are heated with oil.

When it comes to using natural gas to heat your home, you will pay significantly to install a new furnace. The price is typically 20 to 25 percent more expensive up front for a gas unit than it is for an oil unit. Additionally, gas units are considered a little more dangerous as heating gas is not as safe as heating oil. More to the point, gas units are often the cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is a dangerous and silent killer.

Now that you know both the pros and cons of heating your home with oil vs. gas, you can make an educated and well-informed decision regarding the method in which you will heat your own home. There is no right or wrong answer, but there are personal preferences. These pros and cons will help you make a good decision for your family.

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