choosing a furnace

Oil or Gas: Which Furnace is Right for You and the Rapid City Weather?

As we get a few weeks in to November and the temperature continues to fall, we’re faced with the approaching decision of when to flip on the heat. For some families, that time has already come and for others, it is looming large. Of course with the cold quickly approaching now is the time to think about replacing your home’s furnace because no one wants their furnace to go out in the middle of the coldest day of the season.

So when you need to get a new furnace, how do you know if you should choose an oil furnace or a gas furnace? Well we’re here to help answer that for you. After all, there’s no reason to be bundled up in the middle of January because you didn’t know your furnace was on its last legs.

Take a few seconds and read what both types of furnaces can provide you and give us a call at 605-206-3915 if you have any more questions.

Oil Furnaces

  • Up-front cost is less than gas furnaces
  • Give more heat than other furnaces
  • Easily serviced by the oil delivery company
  • Maintenance can be more thorough because of dirt and grim buildup
  • Fuel costs are more than gas furnaces
  • Less efficient than gas furnaces

Gas Furnaces

  • More efficient than oil furnaces
  • Cheaper fuel compared to oil furnaces
    *Note: your home must be in an area where a gas supply is available
  • Very little maintenance required
  • Gives less heat than oil furnaces
  • Up-front cost is 10-25% more than similar sized oil furnaces

No matter which furnace you choose, your comfort should never be in question, so make sure you make the most informed decision possible. If you happen to have any questions as you go through the process, don’t hesitate giving Street Heating and Cooling in Rapid City a call at 605-206-3915. We’re more than happy to help solve all of your furnace questions.

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