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Oil Furnace vs. Gas Furnace vs. Heat Pump

Posted On: November 18, 2013

So you’re shopping for a new heating system and you want to know which system you should buy. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as many things must be taken into consideration—most notably fuel prices, climate, and infrastructure.

Read on below to learn more about these three types of heating systems and determine which one is most fitting for your needs.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces have long been a popular choice for homeowners who want an effective way to heat their homes in even the harshest of winters. In recent years, natural gas prices have plummeted, making gas furnaces an even more attractive investment for homeowners looking for an efficient and cost effective way to heat their homes.

Gas furnaces are an excellent choice due to their reliability, long life, and high efficiency, but you must live in an area that has access to natural gas pipes. If your home does not currently have natural gas hookups, having piping run to your home can be a very costly endeavor.

Oil Furnaces

Oil furnaces preceded gas furnaces as the preferred method for heating homes, but lost some of their appeal when gas furnaces became more mainstream. Oil furnaces in the past used to be relatively inefficient, dirty, and smelly. Today, innovation has fixed these issues and new oil furnaces are very efficient and no longer have the pollution or smell issues that plagued them in the past.

Oil furnaces are versatile and can be installed on any home that can accommodate an oil tank. Heating oil prices can fluctuate greatly, but long term price projections show that heating oil will be comparable in price with natural gas.

Heat Pumps

Unlike oil furnaces and gas furnaces, heat pumps do not use a fuel to directly produce heat. Instead, they use electricity and produce heat in the exact same way that air conditioners produce cool air. An air conditioner pulls heat out of the air in your home and blows back in the freshly cooled air. A heat pump pulls heat out of the air outside and blows this air into your home. Think of it like an air conditioner in reverse.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, but they only operate effectively in temperatures above 40 degrees. In our area, winter temperatures routinely drop below freezing, so it is a good idea to invest in a dual fuel system that pairs a heat pump with a backup heating source for when temperatures get too low.

Heating System Replacement and Installation in Scranton, PA & Wilkes-Barre, PA

If you are looking for a new heating system for your home or business in the Scranton, PA area, contact T.E. Spall & Son today. We have a large selection of heating and cooling products—making us confident we’ll have a system that meets your needs and your budget.

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