When you need a new furnace, there are a lot of choices available to you. You can choose to go with electric, gas, or oil. But how can you tell which one is best for you? There is all kinds of information about each one of them out there, but it still isn't always easy to decide which one will work best for you.
An electric furnace is hooked up to your electric supply. They are generally forced air heaters. That means that they have blowers that blow hot air out into your house through registers. Generally, these heaters are fairly quiet. They can be energy efficient, especially higher end models. These furnaces are pretty good for whatever climate you happen to live in.
You don't need to have an additional utility run to your house for the furnace. However, if the cost of electricity in your area is high, you are going to have to pay more for your heat. Another issue that can crop up with electric forced air heating is that you can end up with uneven temperatures in different parts of your house.
Natural gas furnaces also tend to be forced air heaters. The biggest difference between electric furnaces and gas furnaces is the power source. You have to have a natural gas connection to your house. Not all areas will be able to have one of these furnaces because natural gas systems might not run in a particular city or a particular area. If your house is in an area where you can get a natural gas connection to your house, you may have to pay an additional fee to have the pipes run to your house.
Natural gas furnaces also need to have a pilot light. In most modern gas furnaces, that is lit by a small electric spark. That means that after a power outage you may need to reset a gas furnace to make sure that the pilot light gets relit.
Oil furnaces run on heating oil. This heating oil gets delivered to your house on a regular basis. During the winter, that is usually monthly. Oil furnaces can be either forced air or boilers that used forced hot water or steam radiators. If the furnace that you choose is a boiler, you will need to get heating oil delivered all year because the boiler also becomes your water heater.
Boilers tend to be more common in colder climates because they provide a more even heat. However, the price of heating your house can be hard to budget because, just like gas, heating oil is priced by the gallon. That price can vary, generally going up during the winter, during higher demand. You can keep your budget more under control by setting up a budget plan with your heating oil supplier. That will let you lock in a price or spread it out over 12 months.
Finding the right heater for your house will make your winters much more comfortable. Learn more about your options by consulting resources such as Clark's Plumbing & Heating Corp.