Ottawa Furnace Comparison
Gas vs Oil Furnaces
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OTTAWA’S LEADERS IN FURNACE INSTALLATIONS & REPAIRS
Which Type of Furnace Should You Get?
The cold Ottawa winters have homeowners wondering what the most efficient and cost-effective method of heating your home is. So, which is better, gas or oil furnaces?
Our team of HVAC experts will be sharing the pros and cons of both types of furnaces to help settle the gas vs oil furnace debate. We’ll discuss how both systems work, their levels of efficiency, and their associated costs.
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OIL FURNACES IN OTTAWA
Pros & Cons of Oil Furnaces
- Oil furnaces provide more heat per BTU
- Less upfront costs than a gas furnace
- Inhalation of oil fumes in not potentially fatal unlike gas
- System malfunctions can be easily detected
Although oil furnaces have a smaller upfront cost, the cost of heating the oil is more expensive than natural gas. Oil also needs to be stored and refilled in a tank because of the lack of pipeline infrastructure compared to gas intake. Oil furnaces also require more extensive maintenance.
GAS FURNACES IN OTTAWA
Pros & Cons of Gas Furnaces
- Gas furnaces have a higher heating efficiency
- Fuel costs less but you need a home with gas supply available
- Less maintenance is required for gas furnaces
- Gas furnaces are also quieter and cleaner than oil furnaces
Gas furnaces do however produce less BTUs compared to heating oil and are more expensive than their oil counterparts. Gas furnaces also present more of a safety risk because gases can be emitted without warning – and the gas is highly combustible. Rigorous safety precautions must be exercised when performing routine maintenance and check-ups.
GAS FURNACES VS Oil FURNACES
Furnace Efficiency & Cost
One of the most important factors that is considered when deciding how to heat your home is the efficiency rating of the furnace. The efficiency rating of a furnace is measured by a rating called the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). The AFUE rating evaluates the efficiency of combustion, for which a higher rating means the efficiency is better.
Oil furnaces typically have an AFUE rating between 80 – 90%. Meanwhile gas furnaces have a rating of 89 – 98%.
Although gas furnaces are more efficient and the cost of gas is cheaper than oil, the upfront cost of installing a gas furnace compared to its oil counterpart can be up to 25% higher. However, an oil furnace requires more frequent cleaning and maintenance.
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If you’re searching for a more cost-effective way of heating your home, an oil furnace might be your best bet. If you’re looking to upgrade to a more efficient heating system for your home or new development, a gas furnace is a great choice.
Regardless of which type of furnace you prefer, it’s important to consult with a professional before finalizing your decision. Our team of HVAC experts can help you make the best decision for your home. A furnace installation is a major investment into your home, that’s why it’s important to trust a reputable HVAC company to take care of your furnace installation.
Advanced HVAC is equipped with trained staff, years of experience, and the latest tools and equipment to ensure an easy and smooth installation of your new furnace. Contact us to set up a consultation to determine what type of furnace is the best choice for your Ottawa home.
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