Why Oil is the Best Home Heating Option
If you're deciding on what type of heating you want for your home, this might just help you out.
When reworking the heating system in your home, or simply planning out a newly-built home, weighing the pros and cons of different heating options can be tough.
It used to be simple, you could throw some wood in the fireplace and be good to go. But, we're not in the stone-age anymore (slight exaggeration)' we are now bombarded with hundreds of brands, systems, and pieces of information that tell us that they are better than any other. This is great in that it gives us plenty of choice and options, but it can also make things pretty tough when we're not sure what to trust.
This isn't to say that there aren't perks to other options, but at Oil 4 Wales we believe wholeheartedly that oil is a great, efficient, home heating fuel option.
Let's go over, in detail, some of the different some heating options to help you choose the best one for your home.
The Most Common Home Heating Options
Whilst there are lots of heating options to choose from, let's cover the ones that you've most likely seen when having a look:
Furnaces are a classic heating system that most of us are familiar with. They operate by heating air and conducting it through a duct system within one's home and are most commonly run on gas, electricity, or oil.
While there are a number of extremely efficient models on the market, furnaces can get a little pricey. That being said, there are ways to adjust the efficiency once you do make a purchase.
Top tip: Furnaces can be picked between judging by their AFUE ratings. A rule of thumb is that the higher the rating, the lower your energy bills will be.
Boilers operate in an entirely different manner than furnaces. How? Well, where the furnace heats air, a boiler heats water using gas, electricity, or other fuels. Additionally, while a furnace pumps air through ducts, a boiler operates through radiators, and you tend to find more radiators and boilers in older homes.
Want rid of cold floors and chilly feet? A common boiler heating option is radiant floor heat, which transfers heat through the floors of your home. This method works best when the floor is ceramic tile.
Heat pumps operate in much the same way as, and often are, air conditioning units. The machines intake and absorb heat from the earth, wind, or water, run it through their system and pump it out into your home.
UK weather friendly? Heat pumps are pretty energy efficient, but can run a little thin when it gets too hot or too cold.
Oil vs Natural Gas
Oil and natural gas are very common fuel sources in home heating systems. You may be stuck in-between them, not knowing which to choose. There are a number of factors to consider, so it's important to understand both sides before you make a choice.
Which to Choose?
Oil, contrary to popular belief, is in great supply! In fact, petroleum and oil reserves are higher than they have ever been.
A perk of oil is that it has been shown to be less expensive than natural gas over the last two decades. When considering that, think of the fact that natural gas is non-renewable, meaning that it's more than likely that the cost will go up as scarcity increases.
If you already have an oil system in place, it may automatically be the wiser choice to keep it or have it refurbished as the installation costs of natural gas systems easily go into the multiple thousands of pounds with, often, a lot of interior design work needed after installation.
Oil also produces pretty low emissions, and works more effectively in terms of sheer operating power; oil systems also last an average of 30 years while natural gas systems last around half that time;
Health and Safety
An often overlooked aspect of home heating is that a faulty or inefficient system could put you and your family in danger. There are a lot of horror stories and myths about oil in, but when it comes to it, the substance is not actually very flammable at all.
Natural gas, however, can be. The warning signs of a faulty oil system are smoke, smells, and soot and natural gas leaks are one of the leading factors in monoxide death. In times of stress, say, a winter storm or a period of immobility, oil systems are likely to be more reliable. A natural gas system line could be cut by a drill or damaged fairly easily.
It can be hard deciding on the most efficient home heating system for your new house or as a replacement system. There are many more options than the ones listed above, but these are by far the most common methods of home heating and likely the ones you've been considering.
When deciding on what works for you and your home system, make sure to examine the pros and cons of all the options, and finally settle on what you believe is the best option.
Consult with an HVAC Professional
Making large decisions on your home can be done independently, but if you really want to know exactly what you're getting into it's wise to consult with someone who does these things for a living. Getting a quote is simple and cheap, and it might save you a lot of money in the long run.
And it just so happens that we have just the people here at Oil 4 Wales. Our home heating experts are a call or an email way, and we also do free boiler surveys!
Feel free to contact us and one of our experts would be more than happy to help.