A lot is said these days about fossil fuels, but oil furnaces are truly still an efficient and cost-effective choice for heating your home. Here at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, our HVAC technicians have been installing oil furnaces in homes throughout Montgomery County, Howard County, and Frederick, Maryland, as well as the greater Washington, D.C., area for 40 years. Our expertise, skill, thoroughness, and friendly service are well-known and our customers count on us for HVAC system maintenance, repair, and installation.
Stay with Oil or Convert?
One reason many area residents decide to go with oil furnace installation is that they already have an oil furnace that needs replacing. Opting for a furnace that uses a different fuel would require conversion, which may not be worth the cost and trouble.
Oil Requires a Storage Tank
If you’re building a new home, you’ll probably choose a gas furnace over an oil furnace. That’s because natural gas is cheaper than oil, and no storage tank is required. Natural gas is provided by a utility company via a pipe in the ground. Oil is delivered by a tanker truck to your home and pumped into a storage tank on your property.
When Gas Isn’t an Option
Some Maryland homes in regions farther flung from bigger cities and towns might have chosen an oil heating system years ago when their options were more limited. Oil furnaces are very powerful and heat homes quickly and thoroughly, but they are less efficient than natural gas. Gas furnaces, however, are generally about 30% more expensive than oil furnaces.
The Cost to Operate an Oil Furnace
The cost to operate an oil furnace is highly dependent upon the fluctuating price of oil. Natural gas prices are low and fairly stable. Some years heating with oil can cost more than three times the price of heating with natural gas.
HVAC Company for Oil Furnace Installation
The bottom line is that most new homes built today in accessible areas will likely not use an oil furnace. But if your home is already set up to use oil as a fuel or if for some reason gas is not an option where you are, an oil furnace can be a good choice.
Here at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning of Gaithersburg, our HVAC technicians have many years of experience installing oil furnaces. This is important since oil furnaces are less common here today and it can be hard to find an HVAC contractor to install your oil furnace that has the necessary experience to do so. Installing any type of furnace is inherently dangerous and should always be done by a licensed, certified professional.
For more information about oil furnaces or to schedule an installation or get a free estimate, contact us today.