What Kind of Heating System Should I Get?

September 12, 2016

When it comes to heating a home or business, most people are a bit confused as to which system is the best. The truth is that each heating system has its own unique merits. The heating system that makes the most sense for you and your home might not be ideal for your neighbor or someone who lives a town over. Let’s take a look at the benefits of different heating systems in an effort to help you pinpoint which is ideal for your living or working space.

Gas Furnaces

The majority of homes in the United States rely on natural gas for heat. A growing number of homeowners are making the transition to gas for good reason. For one, gas furnaces have financial advantages. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), homeowners that are dependent on oil often pay more for home heating costs on a year-by-year basis. This remarkable increase is due to the fluctuating price of oil. For the most part, homes that are heated with natural gas are about a thousand dollars cheaper on an annual basis than those heated by oil.

Furthermore, gas furnaces tend to generate heat that is about 30 degrees warmer than the warm air created by oil furnaces and most other heating sources. Heat produced by a gas furnace is also commonly favored because it tends to be distributed in a more even manner throughout a living space.

Finally, gas furnaces provide homeowners with an invaluable peace of mind. Gas flows to the furnace by way of pipes provided by the utility company. This means the home will never run out of fuel. It is a stark contrast to heating with oil, which can be used to the point that the storage tank is emptied.

Oil Furnaces

Oil furnaces are often favored by those who don’t want to worry about gas leaks. A gas leak causes the odor of gas to spread throughout the home. In the unlikely event that such a leak occurs, your HVAC company, gas company, or fire department must be summoned for repairs. Gas leaks put you at risk of fire or explosion in your home. Such a leak also requires that a door be left open for the gas to exit your home. Can you imagine going through such an ordeal in the middle of an Ohio winter?

Though annual oil heating costs tend to be higher than gas heating costs, oil heating system can last longer than gas heating systems—upwards of two decades. Oil furnaces are also quite efficient in terms of the amount of fuel that is actually converted into heat. Additionally, oil keeps getting cheaper while the cost of natural gas has increased, especially in major cities.

Heat Pumps

The biggest benefit of a heat pump is that you use just one system to both heat and cool your home, instead of having separate heating and cooling systems to keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

Heat pumps require minimal electrical energy and consequently can reduce your utility bill. Most HVAC experts agree that heat pumps are an incredibly efficient alternative to oil, gas and electric systems. Though heat pumps require little energy for operation, they generate ample heating capacity.

Heat pumps are also favored by many due to the fact that they are safer than the heating systems that heat your home using combustion. Heat pumps produce minimal carbon emissions, require comparably less maintenance, are extremely reliable, and can last upwards of half a century if properly maintained.

Call Rick’s Heating & Cooling for Heating Installation in Ohio

If you are a homeowner in the greater Cincinnati area, look no further than Rick’s Heating & Cooling for your HVAC needs. We have a diverse array of new heating systems that we sell and install for customers in Morrow and surrounding Cincinnati areas. Give us a call at 513-899-6005 or contact us online to learn more about our heating and cooling equipment and services.