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

October 28, 2014

As we get a few weeks in to November and the temperature starts to fall, we’re faced with the approaching 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 winter rapidly approaching now is the time to consider replacing your home’s furnace because no one wants their furnace to go kaput in the middle of the coldest day of the month.

So when you need to find a new furnace, how do you know if you should choose 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 the middle of January because you didn’t know your furnace was on its last legs.

Take a few seconds and read what both types of furnaces can provide you and give us a ring at 515-344-3579 if you have any other questions.

Oil Furnaces

  • Up-front cost is less than gas furnaces
  • Give more heat than other furnaces
  • Easily serviced by the oil delivery company
  • Maintenance can be more thorough because of dirt and grim buildup
  • Fuel costs are greater 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
  • Provides 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 as you go through the process, don’t waver in giving Heartland Heating & Cooling in Des Moines a call at 515-344-3579. We’re more than happy to help answer all of your furnace questions.