choosing a furnace

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

As we get further in to November and the temperature continues to drop, we’re faced with the impending decision of when to turn the heat on. For some families, that time has already come and for others, it is looming large. Of course with winter rapidly approaching now is the time to take in to consideration replacing your home’s furnace because no one wants their furnace to go out in the middle of the coldest day of the year.

So when it’s time to get a new furnace, how do you know which option to choose between an oil furnace or a gas furnace? Well we’re here to help answer that for you. After all, there’s no good reason for being bundled up in 10 layers in the middle of January because you didn’t know your furnace was on its last legs.

Take a few moments and read what both types of furnaces can offer and give us a call at 773-704-0640 if you have any other 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 intensive due to dirt and grim buildup
  • Fuel costs are higher 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
  • Not as much 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 decide to go with, your comfort should never be in question, so make sure you make the most informed decision possible. If you happen to have any questions throughout the process, don’t waver in giving iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago a call at 773-704-0640. We’re more than happy to help resolve all of your furnace questions.