Oil and gas remain two primary options for heating our homes if you still haven’t committed to solar. Both options have advantages and drawbacks; in this blog post, we’ll help you make the best decision for your home’s specific requirements.
Natural gas tends to be the more cost-effective choice than heating oil due to its lower per-BTU price point and more stable prices. On the other hand, oil prices can fluctuate widely depending on global events and demand, so if you need something cost-effective in the short term, then natural gas may be your best bet; however, if you’re willing to take on some risk or are concerned about long-term costs, then oil may be preferable.
Both oil and gas heating systems can be highly efficient when adequately maintained. Natural gas is more efficient than oil, with efficiency ratings of up to 98%, meaning almost all energy is converted to heat. Oil systems have slightly lower ratings, around 90%; however, this difference is generally small enough that it likely won’t influence your decision much, if at all.
Natural gas has the edge over oil when it comes to convenience. If your home already has a gas line running to it, there is no need for you to worry about scheduling deliveries or paying upfront; turn on your heating system and enjoy warm air instantly! With oil, however, you need regular deliveries, which could become inconvenient if you forget to schedule one or run out unexpectedly.
Both oil and gas heating systems can be secure if installed and maintained correctly. Natural gas does, however, present some inherent risks not found with oil; gas leaks are fatal, so it’s essential to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home if using natural gas. On the other hand, oil is combustible and poses a fire hazard if there’s an oil tank leak or malfunction. Therefore, regular changes of your oil tank and boiler service ensure it functions efficiently; additionally, having professional installers conduct any oil tank removal may reduce these risks significantly too. Both fuels carry risks, so take necessary precautions for your family’s safety – take regular changes to ensure both fuels pose.
Finally, assessing the environmental effects of oil and gas heating is worthwhile. Both are fossil fuels, meaning they have an adverse impact on our planet; however, natural gas tends to be cleaner than oil due to fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a lack of sulphur or particulate matter production. If you’re concerned about minimising your carbon footprint, natural gas may be a better choice than oil.
Ultimately, the choice between oil and gas heating comes down to your needs and preferences. If convenience and lower short-term costs are important to you, natural gas may be a better option. On the other hand, if long-term costs are more of an issue or you’re willing to take on some risk, the oil may be best for you. In either case, ensure your heating system is maintained regularly and take proper precautions so your home and family remain safe from harm.