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Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas

Choosing between heating oil and natural gas isn’t so easy. You’ll find a lot of exaggeration and misinformation thrown about from both sides of the fence. Here’s some information that may help you figure out which is best for you and your home.

Heating Efficiency

a modern oil furnace

A modern oil furnace

There’s a figure called the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. This is a measurement of a heater’s combustion efficiency. The higher the rating, the more efficient the furnace is.

Today’s oil furnaces have AFUE ratings ranging from 80 to 90 percent. Today’s gas furnaces have ratings that range from 89 to 98 percent. Keep in mind, however, that gas units are commonly priced from 10 to 15 percent higher than comparable oil units. The good news is that whichever you pick, a new furnace of either gas or oil will be much more efficient than your old furnace, aged ten or more years. In some cases, you’ll get up to 30 percent more efficiency.

Fuel Costs

a modern gas furnace

A modern gas furnace

It’s difficult to make a decision on fuel costs in 2015, as heating oil is at a historic all time low, according to BucksCountyFuelOil.com. Gas is still cheaper, but the conversion costs may not make sense if oil continues to hold at this lower price. Savvy home owners are advised to calculate the conversion costs of switching to gas heat and then making their decision based on how long it would take to recoup those costs through fuel savings based on the price difference between natural gas and fuel oil.

Benefits Of Oil Furnaces

  • Oil furnaces provide greater heat per BTU than other sources of heat
  • Oil furnaces are easily serviced by the fuel delivery company
  • Oil furnaces cost less than gas furnaces

Drawbacks of Oil Furnaces

  • Fuel must be delivered to an on-site tank and stored
  • Maintenance is more extensive than for gas heat
  • Lower efficiency than gas and fuel prices are higher than gas

Gas Furnace Benefits

  • Natural gas furnaces are more efficient and have lower fuel prices
  • Natural gas furnaces require little maintenance
  • Natural gas furnaces are quieter and cleaner than oil furnaces

Gas Furnace Drawbacks

  •  Your home must be in an area where gas lines are available
  • Gas provides less heat per BTU than oil
  • Gas furnaces are more expensive than oil furnaces

Final Considerations

Whether you choose to use gas or oil for your heating needs you should contact local qualified HVAC installers and get estimates on both gas and oil furnaces before making a final decision. It’s important that you look into whether there are any government rebates or tax incentives in addition to commercial rebates that should be taken into consideration. You are making a financial investment in your home, make sure you consider all factors.

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Contractor

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration  Contractor

Many people take for granted the effort you put into choosing a water damage restoration contractor, thinking it’s irrelevant. You don’t need to worry, but there are actually some big reasons why you should research a bit beforehand, and it’s very simple to do!

Firstly, try and find recommendations from your friends or peers, this is the most reliable way to find a skilled water damage restoration contractor that works well and comes at a modest price. People just like you probably put in some research, so use what they did to your advantage! Not everyone researches the same or finds the same people.

Try calling a few different people up and asking about the specifics. A lot of people don’t like to talk on the phone but a short five minute call will assure you not only that they are professional but also that they are readily equipped to take on the water damage restoration job you wish to throw at them. It’s a good idea to find out if they follow the IICRC S500 procedural standard. You may even want to meet them in person as sometimes people can put up a good front over the phone. Be sure to ask them about their loss assessment and evaluation process.

Water Damage being repaired in Bucks County Pennsylvania

Water Damage being repaired in Bucks County PA

Now that you may have some decent people to call, make sure what they are saying to you isn’t all garbage! Call up some of their former clients and see the work they actually did, the client will often also have great insight into the contractor and how they work since they actually had to work with them. Some water damage cleanup contractors won’t care too much about certain details or the damage that could be done to the property during their work, so be mindful of this and find the perfect contractor for your situation.

 

Narrowed down even more, the conduct comes less into play and it’s more about the cost. You found some that will do what you need, but will they fit in your budget? Get bids from each of them and find out how much it will cost, and who charges more for what, and why! Some contractors may overcharge on materials, while others might by overly cheap materials, so you must be careful either way you look at it. Don’t go for the cheapest and think it’s the best bang for your buck, or for the priciest and think you get what you pay for, you have to find a nice balance. Also be sure what your insurance company is covering, or not covering.

And you’re ready to go out and find a professional providing water damage restoration services who is suited to you. As long as you remember these simple guidelines when it comes to choosing a contractor, you’ll soon be quite happy with your new improvement or adjustment to your home.

More information on water damage can be found at FindWaterDamagePros.com