If you’re wondering the difference between electric, gas, and oil heating systems, considering the following:
- Do I want to save money?
- Am I looking for something environmentally friendly?
- Is there a gas line close to my home?
Electric vs. Gas vs. Heating Systems
Electric systems are the most efficient and eco-friendly of the three, but the heating oil price is higher than gas systems but less than oil-based systems. You can add solar panels for improved efficiency.
Since there are no gas leaks to cause a fire, they’re the safest option.
Gas systems are the most reliable and convenient option, as long as your home is near a gas line. They’re more economical than electric systems but could require regular maintenance to keep it going. If properly taken care of, they can last between 10 – 15 years.
Oil systems are a tried and true method of heating homes. While they are the least eco-friendly, they are efficient. A tank on the property is required, and you must schedule regular oil deliveries – which often makes it an inconvenience for many households. Oil prices fluctuate due to the economy.
Before making a decision, consult your local heating and cooling systems expert.