As the weather in Connecticut gets colder you’re probably much more conscious about your home’s heating system and what keeps it working properly. Most homes in the United States are kept warm by some kind of central furnace system. Other names you might hear for a central furnace system include warm-air distribution system, central heating system, or ducted warm-air system, but keep in mind that these terms all refer to furnace heating systems.
When it comes to central heating systems, there are three primary fuel sources that power them. The fuel type required to power a furnace can make a huge impact on which one is right for your home. If you’re considering having a new furnace installed, keep reading to find out which one you should choose.
Natural gas furnaces are one of the most cost-effective options when it comes to centralized home heating systems. One of the reason’s that natural gas furnaces are so cost-effective is that modern natural gas systems are extremely efficient.
Even if your home is already equipped with a natural gas furnace, you should find out how old it is and consider upgrading to a new one. This could save you a ton of money in the long run because older gas furnaces can have fuel efficiency ratings as low as the mid 60%s. That means that for every dollar you spend on gas for your heating system, you’re wasting almost 40 cents! If you compare that to newer natural gas systems which have efficiency ratings in the upper 90s, there is a lot of money to be saved by either upgrading or having a natural gas system installed in your home.
Before making a final decision on having a natural gas furnace installed, you will need to make sure that your home is set up for one. Natural gas furnaces require piping from the main gas line so that the gas from the city can reach and provide the fuel for your home heating system to operate. If your home already has this piping set up then you’re in great shape to have a natural gas furnace installed in your home. If you don’t have this set up already and you are interested in learning more, you can find information here or give Aiello a call to speak with an HVAC expert. We are also able to help you with converting from an oil-fired system to a natural gas system!
Many houses in the Connecticut area are equipped for oil-fired furnaces. The easiest way to tell if your house is being heated by an oil-fired system is if you have an oil tank on the outside of your home. The tank stores and feeds oil through a pipeline where it is ignited and able to warm the cold air as it is sucked into the furnace.
A big advantage of an oil-fired system is that heating oil burns hotter than other fuel sources. That means you need less fuel oil to get the same amount of heat you would get from a natural gas or propane system. When considering an oil-fired system, you may want to keep in mind that you will need to have heating oil delivered to refill your tank any time it gets low, unlike a natural gas system that has the fuel piped in from the main city line.
Although having to monitor your oil levels to make sure you don’t run out can be an inconvenience, nowadays, you can have recurring deliveries and even quickly schedule a heating oil delivery online. If you already have an oil-fired furnace but think you might need a replacement tank, Aiello Home Services has you covered.
Electric furnaces are very popular options because they require much less maintenance than other furnace types. Electricity is also an extremely reliable resource that is readily available and in good supply. While with an oil furnace you have to have the fuel delivered to you, electric furnaces are always ready to go as long as you have power.
Additionally, electric furnaces are one of the less expensive options when it comes to the initial purchase and installation. If you’re looking to install a new furnace and are budget conscious or unable to spend a larger lump sum, an electric furnace may be the right option for you. However, over time you will get more bang for your buck with an oil or natural gas furnace system because they require less energy to run than an electric system.
Finally, many people choose to go with an electric furnace because they are safe and more environmentally friendly than many of the other heating options.
There are pros and cons to every furnace heating system and the one that you choose will largely depend on what your home is set up for. Aiello Home Services professionals are able to tell you what system would be right for your home and which one would be best for your needs. They can also assist you in the purchase and install of whichever heating system you decide to go with.
If you’re considering the purchase of a new furnace system, or think your current one could need a repair, don’t hesitate to give us a call! You can also schedule service by clicking the banner below, or get more information on heating systems here!