When your existing furnace or heating system breaks down and you find yourself in need of a new one, you may be considering the different furnace options that are available to you. After all, each type of heating system has its merits and its drawbacks. Before you make your final selection and hire an HVAC specialist to perform your heating installation, get to know more about your heating system options. Then, you will be able to make a knowledgeable decision about which type is the best for you and your home.
Natural Gas Heating Systems
Natural gas is one of the most common types of furnace or heating systems used in the country today. One of the major reasons for natural gas's popularity is that you never have to worry about keeping a fuel supply on-hand to replenish your heating system.
Instead, natural gas is piped directly from the gas company into your home through pipes (much like the water you use in your home). Most natural gas heating systems are also quite powerful. This means they are ideally suited to areas of the country that get extremely cold and can handle very low temperatures.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to natural gas heating systems. If your home is not already connected to gas lines, you will have to contact your local government and gas company to get those lines installed. This can be quite expensive. Additionally, because of the gases used to fuel your heating system, there is a risk that your heating system could leak toxic carbon monoxide gas into your home. However, with carbon monoxide detectors and proper maintenance, this risk is low
Oil Heating System
Oil heating systems are another option for your new home heating system. These types of heaters use a viscous liquid oil fuel that is heated up in your furnace and turned into a gas that ignites the heater and provides warmth throughout your home.
The biggest difference between natural gas and oil heating systems is that oil heaters require you to keep a store of oil on hand to fuel your heater. There is no way to pipe this type of fuel into your home directly. Oil can, however, be delivered on a regular schedule to your home to ensure that you do not ever go without heat.
Oil is non-flammable in its liquid state which is excellent as far as safety and storage go. The drawback is that oil is much more expensive than natural gas. Additionally, your oil heating system can generate soot that dirties up your home and could have a negative impact on the air quality in your home without frequent removal and cleaning.
Now that you have more information about the heating system options available to you, you can make the best possible choice for you and your home. Contact a local outlet, such as Bill's Heating & Air Conditioning, for further assistance.