choosing a furnace

Oil or Gas: Which Furnace is Right for You and the Marshalltown Weather?

As we get a few weeks in to November and the temperature starts to fall, we’re faced with the impending decision of when to switch over to heating our home. For some people, that time has already come and for others, it is looming large. Of course with the cold rapidly approaching now is the time to consider replacing your home’s furnace because no one wants their furnace to go bad in the middle of the coldest day of the month.

So when the time comes to replace your furnace, how do you know which option to choose between an oil furnace or a gas furnace? Well we’re here to help answer that for you. After all, there’s no reason to be bundled up in 10 layers in the middle of January because you didn’t know your furnace was about to go out.

Take a few minutes and read what both types of furnaces can give you and give us a shout at 641-752-3429 if you have any other questions.

Oil Furnaces

  • Up-front cost is lower than gas furnaces
  • Give more heat than other furnaces
  • Easily serviced by the oil delivery company
  • Maintenance can be more thorough due to dirt and grim buildup
  • Fuel costs are higher than gas furnaces
  • Less efficient than gas furnaces

Gas Furnaces

  • More efficient than oil furnaces
  • Cheaper fuel compared to oil furnaces
    *Note: your home must be in an area where a gas supply is available
  • Not as much maintenance required
  • Offers less heat than oil furnaces
  • Up-front cost is 10-25% more than similar sized oil furnaces

No matter which furnace you pick, your comfort should never be sacrificed, so make sure you make the most informed decision possible. If you happen to have any questions as you go through the process, don’t waver in giving B & G HVAC in Marshalltown a call at 641-752-3429. We’re more than happy to help solve all of your furnace questions.