Ive got to put in a new furnace. I live in Ottawa Ontario Canada.
The quote for the gas furnace was $4300 about 1,000 bucks more then the
Thing is, Ive got a new oil tank and a full tank of oil. Just bought
the house thus the tank and the oil. The oil would be a 85% efficient
model and the gas a 93% efficient model. House is about 1400 square
foot. Is gas any better to have then oil? Right now I believe the cost
of the fuels are basically the same.
What do people think. Oil or gas?
As long as it's available and about the same price, I'd always go with
gas. Oil furnaces rely on sraying oil out of a nozzle with a hole the
size of a hair. It doesn't take much to foul it up, hence one of the
reasons for more frequent maintenance. Plus, you have the problem of
where to put the oil tank. If you bury it, that's another problem.
If the existing tank is buried and has been around for 20 years or
more, now would be a good time to get rid of that too, before it
Right now gas is the way to go, but I'm hearing lots of talk about shortages
in the near future. The one nice thing about oil is that when you're tank is
full you're good to go for a month or so. With gas you are forever reliant
upon that supply pipe.
I've used both and there is no doubt that gas is cleaner and virtually
odourless.... but I have to say that in January or February I always liked
the feeling that I had a tankfull of oil in the basement.
I just want to thanks everyone for the help. It is appreciatied.
One more question, given the base costs noted below, I don't really see
that the extra 1000 spent on gas will be recouped over the life of the
furnace? I'm terrible with numbers though, what do others think? Can gas
return that extra 1000 over th elife of the furnace?
Thanks agaon everyone.
I'm not one to push oil, but you also have to consider the cost of running
oil-fired heaters VS gas-fired.
I am guessing (from his original post) that he can only get propane (not
natural gas) and it's a helluva lot more expensive to use than oil is......
What do you pay for gas for a heating season? Look into a 94.5% gas unit
it will save more than you think. There is a formula for this , I
forgot it, but a 94.5% Vs a 85% will save apx 12% on gas. Figure the
price of oil and gas going up over the years and if you use allot of
gas for heating you could have a short payback. Also figure in the cost
of oil burner tune ups which gas doesnt need . I would go gas, you may
find out it is less than a 4 yr payback
Don't know what you pay for oil or gas, so it is hard to say. But
$4300 if that is U.S. (even if it is Cdn) is damn high. My 4 years
old and my gas furnace and water heater for a 1500 s.f. house cost
only $2300 (U.S.) installed. A friend had his complete heating system
(gas heat and A/C) replaced for $3500. You do the conversions if your
figures were for Cdn
One factor is that gas will be cleaner than oil. Maintenance costs
are unlikely to be cheaper with gas. So it boils down mostsly to
intial cost and annual fuel costs.
I tired to find the cost of the unit (Carrier 58MTA060) on line but I
couldn't find a cost anywhere. Guess it is a closely guarded secret. I
do have a couple of other people coming into give me an estimate so that
should help nail the true cost down. Thanks for the interest and the help.
BTW. Oil cost us .55 cents per litre and gas costs .28 cents per cubic metre
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