People are always trying to decide whether to heat with propane or oil, here is a list of the top ten things to consider:
1. How you are currently heating your home?
2. If you are using oil, how old is our system? If it’s time to replace it, then we should talk about switching you over, but if you have a five-year old system then keep using oil.
3. Oil has more BTU‘s or energy content (136K), propane has less (91K).
4. If you have propane at the house then you can take advantage of the versatility and cleanliness of propane.
5. Oil is typically more expensive in a whole house application per gallon.
6. Propane is versatile and once it’s in the house it can be used for cooking, drying, hot water, grilling, generators and anything else you can think of using fuel for in your home.
7. What is required for maintenance with your system? Oil systems require an annual maintenance .Once a year it is recommended that you clean your furnace to achieve optimum performance and ensure a long life for your furnace or boiler. The cost for an annual cleaning ranges from $100-$250 a year. Propane systems should be service bi-annually.
8. Always consider the efficiency of the boiler or furnace. Some units qualify for energy credits that can serve as an additional incentive for selecting that unit.
9. Both fuels are good choices and both have life expectancies of about 20 years.
10. When you’re deciding on which fuel to install get a few quotes and consider these things and you can’t go wrong.