choosing a furnace

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

As we get a few weeks in to November and the temperature continues to drop, we’re faced with the impending decision of when to flip on the heat. For some folks, that time has already come and for others, it is looming large. Of course with the cold quickly 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 season.

So when you need to replace your furnace, how do you know whether you should go with an oil furnace or a gas furnace? Well we’re here to help answer that for you. After all, there’s no point in being 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 seconds and read what both types of furnaces can offer and give us a shout at 434-296-0129 if you have any more questions.

Oil Furnaces

  • Up-front cost is not as much as gas furnaces
  • Offer more heat than other furnaces
  • Easily serviced by the oil delivery company
  • Maintenance can be more complex as a result of 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 choose, your comfort should never be sacrificed, so make sure you make the most informed decision possible. If you happen to have any questions during the process, don’t think twice about giving Beck Cohen in Charlottesville a call at 434-296-0129. We’re more than happy to help answer all of your furnace questions.