Gas Vs Oil Heat: Which Is Better?

by | Jan 24, 2020 | Furnace, Heating | 0 comments

Gas vs oil heat… that’s the discussion many homeowners have when temperatures drop here in Southern Maryland.

Concerns over the efficiency and cost of heating a home leads to asking the question of which is better, gas or oil heat?

For those who are considering the best heat source for your home, here are some of the benefits of oil heat vs. gas heat.


Gas Vs Oil Heat Advantages

Gas Heat Advantages

  • Furnaces that burn natural gas are less expensive to maintain
  • Natural gas furnaces are known for being higher quality heating systems that work well in any home
  • Natural gas is the most efficient fossil fuel that you can burn

Oil Heat Advantages

  • Furnaces that burn oil generate more heat than gas furnaces
  • Carbon Monoxide exposure is less likely with oil furnaces
  • Oil furnaces have a long lifespan, typically lasting around 25 years
  • Heating with oil tends to cost less than gas heat

In addition to whether you should heat your home with gas or oil, you need to consider the furnace needed.

Choosing The Right Furnace For Your Home

When considering a gas or oil furnace keep in mind that some furnaces have a longer lifespan. This will prevent you from spending as much money to keep them running but cost more to install.

On the flip side, there are furnaces that take less time and effort to install, thus making your upfront initial cost less expensive.

When considering the total cost of ownership for either a Gas Furnace or an Oil Furnace, you will want to consider installation, energy use, maintenance, and any repair costs for your new furnace. Just remember that a new furnace is an investment and that you should opt for the furnace which fits your needs best.

Wrapping It Up

The gas vs oil heat discussion may never be settled.

The most important thing is that you decide which is best for your home.

If you can’t decide then let us help!

Southern Pride Service can provide you with expert guidance on how to choose the right furnace for your home. We also offer information on alternative heating systems. Contact us to ensure your home stays nice and warm during Winter .

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 If your air conditioning system isn't working properly, prompt repair is important to keep you comfortable in your home. Southern Pride Service offers cooling system repair services for AC systems of all types. This includes:

  • Central air conditioning system repair

  • Heat pump repair

  • Ductless air conditioning system repair

  • Geothermal system repair

Our experienced HVAC team can diagnose and treat all types of AC problems. Some common reasons that you might need cooling system repair include:

  • Air conditioner won't turn on 

  • Air conditioner won't cool properly 
  • Freezing of the outdoor unit

  • Leaks

  • Unusual sounds or smells

  • Electrical problems

Our repair technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose your system's needs. We offer fair, upfront pricing and prompt repair services.

 Schedule AC repair now so you can be cool and comfortable in your home. Call 301-932-4925 or contact us online.


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 When it comes time to replace an older or faulty air conditioning system, or install an entirely new unit, our team will recommend the best system for your home and budget.  We'll work with you to take the stress out of the install process with quick and efficient service. We also offer financing options to make it more affordable. 

 Some signs that you're in need of replacement include:

  • Cost of repair is high, so replacement is more cost-effective

  • The system is 10 years old or older

  • You're struggling with frequent breakdowns

  • The system still runs on Freon

 For your air conditioning installation quote, contact the pros at Southern Pride Service.


Keep Your System Properly Maintained with Southern Pride Service

 Proper AC maintenance helps extend the life span of your air conditioning and cooling system and reduce the risk of a breakdown. We offer air conditioning  maintenance plans that will help you keep your system running properly to proactively avoid costly issues and repairs later down the line. We recommend scheduling maintenance at the start of the cooling season, so that your HVAC system can operate as efficiently as possible all season long.

 Is your air conditioner overdue for maintenance? Schedule it today by calling 301-932-4925 or contacting Southern Pride Service online for help.